Friday, January 06, 2006

Interesting Interview

So, I had a job interview today. It was for an administrator position in a full Medicaid building. The building is a vision of a safe place for low-income people who need assistance with daily life due to a disability or aging. I did appreciate the directness of the interviewer in the issues the building faces—everything from behaviors associated with addictive substances to an old building to a variety of funding sources. They are looking for someone who will be there for the long term.

I already work in a very liberal field full of entitlement mentality, but this would surpass everywhere I have worked. The people are those who have lived on government services all their lives or have been homeless. I understand there are often extenuating circumstances, such as mental illness, yet I am a firm believer in free will and personal responsibility. My question to myself is this: Can I work in this kind of environment and maintain my convictions? Can I treat these people with the love and respect they deserve as members of the human race and yet really hate what they have become? Am I enough of a humanitarian to give up some of my personal comforts to take a position that does not have growth potential within itself? Am I looking for a way out of considering it or do I know that I am too sensitive and not strong enough for the position?

Interesting questions, yet still no answers. They want to continue talking to me, if I am still interested. I am interested in the challenges it would produce, but I am not sure I would be the person to do the place justice. I think I would be looking for something different all along. I wish I could do it. Knowing that you were willing to make sacrifices to make life easier for others who did not have the advantages you did. It would be amazing to offer a different point of view to the entitlement, socialist mentality to change one mind even for one minute.

9 comments:

arod said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Good luck with the job.

Mark said...

I once fell on bad times and was forced by need into public housing, and my neighbors were welfare dependents. Some I liked, Some I didn't.

You learn to adjust.

How does the job pay and what are the benefits? Those are the important questions.

Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

It sounds like a hard call for you, hopefully you will be lead to make the right decision. Having disabilities myself, I have mixed emotions as you do on these issues.

Pirate said...

I worked for the government for 15 years and had to eventually leave because of the same liberal brainwashed mentality. These people spend their whole lives putting the cart in front of the horse and think they'll get there in better fashion.

ABFreedom said...

If I had to work in a place like that, it would only be to encourage people with a hand up, not a hand out. A lot of the people with expectations that the society owes them a living will never change, but the few that are helped to cross over sometimes make it worth while. Mind you, there are very few ... :-(

Gayle said...

Ab's right: there are very few indeed. I hope you make the right decision. Seems to me if you aren't desperate for work and don't have to take this job in order to pay your bills, that perhaps you are right and you would be happier somewhere else. If you are not liking a job you are doing, the people will know it and you will be doing them a disservice, just as you said.

I think it shows great character that you are giving this a lot of thought. Kudos!

Nettie said...

Interesting quandary. If you could take the job and stay true to your convictions, you could learn a lot. Not offering advice, just observing. But I think you'll know what the right thing to do, for you, is.

jgf said...

Thanks, everyone. I appreciate the feedback.

Hick said...

Whoa! That's an interesting thought. Although Jesus said that the poor would always be with us, He was compassionate towards them. Paul also admonishes to work, or not eat. It's always a puzzler to know when compassion turns to enabling bad behavior. God bless you in your decision.