Laid Off: Coping with Destruction


I was recently laid off from my job, and along with the resulting chaos and emotional disarray has come a personal reflection about the meaning of work itself. The question is this: Is destruction always creative?

Today at Ethika Politika I explore this question by pondering the implications of my personal layoff experience.

Here’s an excerpt:

There was plenty on my mind after all was said and done – my family, our health insurance, my professional future. But there was something else that I couldn’t let go of  – a lingering fear centered on that most dreaded and uncomfortable of questions: “Was this all for nothing?”

So how do we wrap our heads around such destruction? Destruction may not always be creative in the material sense, but is there some kind of deeper, non-material creativity that occurs in and throughout our work?

The question of whether our loss is creative in a tangible, material sense is an important one, but the answer is far too often unknowable in the immediate aftermath of destruction…Which is why the more answerable (and optimistic) question for the destroyed is this: Even if our destruction is indeed destructive in the material sense, is all truly lost?

To read the full article, click here.

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  • http://twitter.com/remnantculture/status/6814422840377344 Remnant Culture

    Creative destruction feels a lot less creative when you're the one being destroyed. New post at @cfmpl: http://bt.io/GMiN

  • Julia

    I feel for you!

  • http://facebook.com/jurekryan Ryan

    Joe, I'm sorry to hear the news. : / My thoughts and prayers and with you.