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Violence! Shame! And A Little Career Advice...

04/24/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It's an Ask Bing day today. I admit it's been a little while since I stepped up to the bar and answered some of the many questions that pour into my digital mailbox every day. There are several reasons for this, I think.

First, a lot is happening every day that needs scrutiny, and Second, most of what's going on makes me feel somewhat ill equipped to give advice. I don't think anybody really knows what's going on half the time anymore. What kind of directional guidance is worth anything in a sandstorm?

That was how I was feeling anyway. Then I dipped into that trove of trouble, anger, humor and resentment that is my e-mail. There I found peace and solace, because you know what? Some things are eternal. GE (GE) may disappoint. Sharper Image may close. But some stuff never ever changes.

There will always be violent, abusive, insulting and infantile people who rise to be our bosses, and people to ask Why?... There will always be young folks trying to break into the life of challenge, misery, sleeplessness and glee that is the full-blown business career, each of them with questions on how to kill their elders and move into their ergonomic chairs... There will always be those who allow their jobs to invade their hearts and souls, Prometheans chained to the rock of their employment, condemned to eat their own entrails (or drown them in vodka) for eternity.

Thank God for such people! They show us an underlying truth of all human life, one that actually makes me feel good in times of raucous change and confusion like these. And here it is: The more things change, the more they remain the same. To which I say: Viva consistency!

Take a look at some other people's trouble today. You'll be glad you did.