Wounded Retirement

Careers led most, if not all of us, into the competition arena. Securing the job, learning new procedures, personalities of co-workers and managers; eventually, our competitive nature took our character over, vying for advancement. This type of environment can be excellent for those who thrive in sports, even with a military career will survive and advance. The moral, value, compassionate individual may be swallowed up, by the competition; or they develop dual characters, one for family, church, and friends, another for a career. We all have heard reference of the career employee or manager. The person, who uses their career character for advancement, knocking others out of their way, positioning a comrade for failure, not giving their actions a second thought.

Family indoctrination of morals, values, love thy brother/sister, traditions, maintaining our sights focused on those family intensities, that type of focus is one of the challenges that pushes us into competition for advancement, more money,  a better home, toys for the family, vacations for the family, providing for all their needs and wants. Our religious instructions teaches compassion, turn the other cheek, aid thy brother/sister. Can we succeed holding on to this type of conscience? Two sides of an individual competing in a competive world.

Competition creates feelings of triumph, jubilation, the accomplishment of victory. The opposite is also correct, defeat, exhaustion, resentment of losing that promotion, the one that was locked in our sights.

“the concept of resentment was most fully dissected by the Catholic philosopher, Max Scheler. The German thinker defined resentment as “a self-poisoning of the mind” that is “a lasting mental attitude, caused by the systematic repression of certain emotions and effects which, as such, are normal components of human nature. Their repression leads to the constant tendency to indulge in certain kinds of value delusions and corresponding value judgments. The emotions and affects primarily concerned are revenge, hatred, malice, envy, the impulse to detract, and spite.”” By Martin E. Marty | February 9, 2017, https://religionnews.com/2017/02/09/whats-ressentiment-got-to-do-with-it
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