One of the Toronto Star‘s top investigative reporters exposed Jian Ghomeshi favoring people who shared Ghomeshi’s agent and lawyer.  Surprise.  Surprise.

Society taught me, while growing up, that life is fair; that the race is always won by the swift; that battles are always won by the strong; that if I worked hard I would be rewarded.  Yep, that’s what society taught me.  How much pain I caused myself because I believed these things were true!  How much easier my life is now that I know that life is not always fair; that the race is not always won by the swift; that battles are not always won by the strong; that no matter how hard I work rewards may not come if I don’t have connections.

Connections are what people need to get anywhere.  You get connections by networking or through family and friends.   It is nice to have talent, but talent is not as important as connections.  This is how the world works.   It is possible for someone to make it without connections, but that is rare.

I worked for a bank at one time.  I was the supervisor of the dispatch office that serviced the automated teller machines.  We had a job opening.  My boss called me into his office.

“According to the rules, we have to advertise this job and interview all applicants,” he said.   “You will do this, but this is the person you will hire.”

The person I hired just happened to be the son of one of the bank’s vice presidents.

I felt silly interviewing the other applicants pretending as if they might get the job when I already knew the outcome.  What a charade!  How often do similar charades happen?

Fortunately the son of the vice president was competent and able to do the job.  I have worked at places where people were incompetent at their jobs, but management did nothing because the incompetent people were well-connected.  At one place, a person ended up getting fired because he tried to do something about an incompetent, well-connected employee.   Oh what irony!  They fire a competent employee and keep an incompetent employee.

This is where I have a problem with nepotism.  I see nothing wrong if the person hired is competent to do the job.  I would rather hire someone I know, and who is capable to do the job, than take a chance on someone I don’t know.

“This business sucks!  It’s who you know!  It’s who you know!”

The first talent agency I was with sent me out for commercials and background work in films and television.  This agency  sent me out a bit, but not as much as I wanted to go out.

The agency sent out another actor all the time.  This actor, I will call Steve because that is his name, had a friend named Sam who worked at the agency.  Sam favored Steve.   We all knew this was going on, but we also knew that is how the world works.  We never complained because we knew complaining about favoritism in the entertainment industry was suicide.

For some reason, Steve’s friend Sam left the agency and got out of the business.   The agency did not send Steve out as much — if at all.  He was like the rest of us.

“It’s not fair!” said Steve.  “This business sucks!  It’s who you know!  It’s who you know!”

How odd that Steve never complained before Sam left the agency.

I have worked for the municipal government, the federal government, private corporations, temp agencies, and now I have my unreal job in the business.  No matter where I worked, the politics is the same:  Connections.  Connections. Connections.

Let me forget what I know.  Let me reread the Star‘s story about Jian Ghomeshi booking guests that shared his agent and lawyer.  Let me be shocked and outraged that such unfairness exists in the worldGod help us!



About Gary Johnston

I am an imaginary number -- a symbol used to count and measure. As Senior Imaginary Number at Einstein Equations Incorporated, I facilitate the calculation of the impossible.

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