So, to take a short holiday from my sabbatical, I’m back at work. Maybe not for long – the doctor is on speed-dial – but I thought I should take the opportunity to try to find out what’s going on here. I’d been away for fully five days before I arrived at the momentous conclusion that actually I wasn’t going mad, and things are genuinely as screwy here as I initially thought. As a revelation, it’s a mixed blessing, but on balance I think I’d rather be sane and hang the consequences.
What have I found out so far? Well, that’s all a bit nebulous. The impression I got is that the organisation started out in all good faith – the admin personnel, who go back that far, are really very normal. Then they ran into a problem with one of their projects, and since then they’ve diversified in something of a frenzy trying to solve this problem. I’m not sure why they’re so hung up about it…that’s the problem with young CEOs, they have no experience of life and death…but for whatever reason, they seem to have devoted years and ample resources to trying to undo what shouldn’t have been done in the first place. Entropy means nothing to these guys. From that perspective, my hiring can be viewed as an act of desperation – they’ve probably already tried spiritualists – and that might account for why they’re so keyed up.
Of course, I could just stop looking at the big picture and sit at a desk and draw a salary. There are a few people like that here. They look unmotivated, but they’re also distinguishable by their sanity, which stands out like a glowing beacon in these offices.