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Spitz’s Incoherent Rambles: Death in Fiction/ Work (/Management)

March 7, 2014

I have the feeling that when people who don’t watch a lot of anime or people who don’t know anything about it think of it, they assume it’s all over-the-top action with little substance; and I think this is due in part to the popularity of Dragon Ball Z in particular (at least here in the States).
This is unfortunate, because I feel like the medium is so vast and contains such wildly different genres and the like that, if you’re raising your nose in anime’s direction, you simply haven’t looked for a series that suits your tastes.
Where this is going though, and the whole reason I brought up Dragon Ball Z is that it’s one of the prime offenders of diminishing the value of a characters life through resurrection. (And I’m not mindlessly railing on DBZ. I understand why people like it and I’m not trying to say they aren’t allowed to.)
I’m of the mind that death (and to a lesser degree, but a non-insignificant degree nonetheless, violence) always needs to mean something.
There are interesting things I’ve seen done with death in anime (though in the interest in side-stepping the potential for spoilers, I won’t mention any series by name), but overall I feel like violence needs to have impact to the plot and characters, and if or when a character dies, that character needs to stay dead.
Otherwise, you’re just fishing for emotions and taking advantage of your viewer, and this greatly diminishes the impact which that death should have had on the story overall.

 

I’m a simple kind of guy. When I think of the idea of work, I think of an employer who essentially buys days of your life for (what in most cases, in my experience) seems like a reasonable price for the time. I think of going into work with the mindset of doing the tasks given to you in a manner which is the best of your ability.
Things like “my neighbor is fooling around instead of working as hard as they should be” or “this task, compared to others, is harder to do sufficiently with what I have at my disposal” are what I consider “part of the pay”. Not only am I going in to work understanding that I will have tasks to perform, but there will also be these unpredictable wildcard factors that will some days come into play, and other days will not.
Everything that takes place (in my case) in that building is essentially “part of the job”, so any drama which would arise from it, is entirely at the fault of the worker.
I don’t know if it’s the best way to think of things, but there you go.

Being this sort of one-track, simple-minded worker, things such as promotion aren’t all that important to me. Call me “near-sighted” or “lacking drive” if you want, but I feel like I would be a miserable boss, and as such, I don’t have much interest in being promoted into a management position.
It seems like a pretty thankless place to be, and difficult to balance. I work under the management of one individual for one half of my week, and another individual for the other, and frankly, it’s like working at two separate jobs. Neither of the Managers do a bad job, but their approaches to work output versus worker morale are wildly different.
It’s important; morale. As someone doing grunt-work, I want to feel like I’m not being hounded every second I’m in there so long as I do my job accurately and with a brisk pace.
But people can and will take advantage of leniency; and allowing your workers to enjoy themselves at work to too large of a degree is surely detrimental to work output.
I feel like I would be an easy-going boss; and because of this, I feel like I will likely never be suited for a management position.
Since it makes sense though, this is fine with me. As long as I’m being treated like a human being and I make enough to live happily, I will do your grunt work.

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