How does your work shape your view of human nature?

Nathan Bierma

September 17, 2009

I work in IT. I see most people as idiots.<br><br>Truly, I try to be here to help people with their problems and smile while doing so. It's not their fault they don't know a right click from a left click (right?). Plus, it's job security. :)

September 17, 2009

What a fabulous topic and one that I will feature over at the work and faith blog, Red Letter Believers (www.redletterbelievers.)<br><br>We often think about all the things we do to affect our work...we give light and life and knowledge and effort. But work really can change our world view. My spouse is a nurse...and she is not compassionate as you would think because she sees so many posers. I work in a creative profession (writing) and all I see are stories in people...<br><br>Love this topic. A fine post.

Scott Grace
September 18, 2009

Nathan, <br><br>thanks for posting this. I teach AP Psychology at a Christian school, and I was wondering if I could use this in my class room? We are talking today about careers in the field of Psychology and I believe this will go nicely. May I copy and paste the post into a document and hand it out in class?

September 18, 2009

I'll speak on Nathan's behalf. Feel free to use it in your class. All that we ask is make sure to say it was from Think Christian. Hope you class like it!

September 18, 2009

Thanks, Jerod. And yes, Scott, I'd be delighted! If you can, post another comment here with some notes on your discussion. Thanks!

September 18, 2009

I'm a pastor. How do I view people? People are crazy! But I mostly love 'em anyway--and they mostly love me--which seems fair enough.

September 18, 2009

Working for a very poorly managed company, which is totally impervious to suggestions from employees which could improve service, community image, employee morale, productivity, profitability, but just aren't accepted because the business model doesn't allow for it, I have had to remind myself, it is not the fault of any one individual, particularly not the ones I deal with every day, but, evil still has to be confronted, with some care for courtesy and respect toward the individuals concerned, and no quarter for bad policies.

Lyla Lindquist
September 20, 2009

I'm pretty sure the years I've worked in the casualty claims field has impacted my view of people. Naturally skeptical to begin with, I find myself even more often fighting back knee-jerk reactions to ordinary folks as dishonest, opportunist, malingerers, etc. In some cases, it's absolutely true. In others, my view has become more jaded and I don't give people enough credit. It's an ongoing battle...

October 9, 2009

As a budding theologian about to finish his MDiv, I've noticed that I've come to probably over value logical precision, and to condescend towards those who aren't rigorously logical in everything they say and do. Not only does this contradict what I know deep inside to be true about human nature, but it has made a jerk of me and now I'm in (self) rehab for it. I was thinking how seminary (at least mine) forces you to think on such a rigorous level that you begin to lose the ability to relate to real people, because you miss out on the other major elements of reasoning: pathos and ethos. God help people like me!

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