"You know what the one thing is that pisses me off the most?" Asked the snarling co-worker that darkened the doorway of my cubicle.
"If you put it that way, you only get one." I quickly replied, which set him back long enough for me to finish what I was doing.
As you can imagine, there are a lot of emotions swirling around in the halls of GM these days. Very often the conversation turns into a "one upping" of Who Gets Screwed the Most as we wait for the staffing reductions to occur, which in the past have been handled atrociously.
Is it the guy who is just 4 months away from qualifying for retirement benefits for the rest of his life? Or it the people who have already retired after many years and are having their benefits chipped away? How about the middle managers who might be losing their free cars? Or those who may never get to retire now that their 401K's are worthless? Is it the new hires that never got a chance to get very far, or the hopeful college grads that will have to keep on flipping burgers for a while? How about the CEO who got his million dollar salary knocked down to $1? Or the future generations who will never have it as good as we did, yet will be stuck paying the bills for what is being spent to keep everything going as it is right now?
I can imagine making an argument for or against any of the Scenarios of Screwedness, and believe me it has all been debated from all angles, often beginning with the sentence, "Yeah but at least they got..."
What I think it comes down to is what are a person's expectations, and the practice of trying to quantify what any one party "deserves"...or not. It always depends on your perspective.
So to me the trick is to just be glad for any good things that ever came my way, and to let go of any expectations for any more than that, and deal with whatever happens with the best possible attitude I can muster up at any given moment.
As for who is The Most Screwed of All? They would be the ones who just can't seem to do that.