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An interesting pair of articles bookended this past weekend, and both addressed a point about behavior. There was this one, on March 16, which took a few shots at Socrates from the perspective of zealous but unenlightened (or in-process enlightening) undergrads, and the other took a look at what to do if you’re being treated like some of those students might have been treated, but by your superior at work. One thought I might share is that in both cases – as students of Socrates and as employees of an insecurity-driven bully – one is essentially powerless. The student feedback on Socrates won’t have much of an impact on a professor already despised by the Gender Studies department, so we might presume that Socrates is happy in his isolated state of pariah-hood. And in the corollary article, the Times points out that you might try confronting your boss directly about his or her tendency to shout you down and destroy your sense of self-worth. But direct confrontation could lead, as even Socrates ultimately found out, to termination.
Therefore, embrace powerlessness.


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