Thursday, July 21, 2005

After Carl had been with the firm about a year he cornered me. I'd always told him the truth and had been one of the partners who voted to hire him. He had learned a lot about the firm's history, including the number of disasterous hires who were gay. "How could you hire me, with all the problems they had?" I should have thought before I answered, but I think "But what did their being gay have to do with their problems?" kind of answered his question for him.

Of course Carl turned out to be probably the best employee we had ever hired. He finally moved on to a better firm, but I'd recommend (or hire him) today.

There are a lot of characteristics about people that have meanings, in different areas. It is easy to look at our own problems and forget those of others, or to define people by characteristics that have no meaning as to who they are in the context you meet them. At times society overcomes those lines (what professional sports team cares about the race of a player now), at times we seemed to be mired by them.


Lisa M. said...

I think that we as a society, have shifted our prejudices from physilogical elements to social, or maybe not shifted but as the old predjudices melt leaves room for their visibility.

In my life, I have not experienced the feeling of being examined and found lacking for my visual characteristics, at least until recently.

I am not comfortable with such scrutiny, and it seems very very uncomfortable to be on the receiving end of that experience.

I oft, find myself pondering and searching through my memories awonder as to if I was ever on the "giving" end, of such examinations.

It has been an altering adventure to be sure.

Its too bad that our "turn on earth" doesn't come with a recipocal identy, that we can each have the opprotunity to experience at least once.

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