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Friday, May 9, 2014

Mad people and Jobs

I wasn’t thinking about the JOB from the Bible but it kind of strikes a chord. Here in the UK, if you need to apply for a job, you have to follow a questionnaire. I am always in trouble filling it in, as it’s like talking with the devil (I did meet the character, just so you know…in real life). But so, after asking the questions about the career, education, etc, comes THE QUESTON: do you have a disability?
I always answer a ‘no’ because my first reaction to that question is like someone is asking me whether I am a retard (but in a politically-correct way). You know, if at least they would put a blank space next to it- to fill in- I could say: yes, I am bipolar, and no, it is not a disability, it is a gift. But there is no blank space, so I try to be cautious. WHY DO THEY ASK ME THIS QUESTION? But it doesn’t end up there. On the next page (after I put a definite ‘no’ already) they repeat a question, but in different words: ‘do you think you have a disability which corresponds to…blah-blah-blah (I feel like applying for a random job now just to make sure what kind of law they mention). This, to be totally honest with you, makes me feel paranoid.
Why do they want to know the answer to the question by asking it twice? Who is a retard here, I wonder?
But so, going back to jobs. Of course, if you are in a reasonable state of mind, and not in psychosis (which happens to me occasionally), you always answer a ‘no’. You know, all that politically-rubbish shit about being against discrimination, but the reality just shows: you don’t say you are mad if you want to get a job. Just an example. All is nice and rosy with all this anti-discrimination policy, but let’s have a careful look at dwarves. Where are they? What happened to them? Apart from being portrayed as clowns in the Wall-Street movie? So, that might be a paranoid talking in me, but I am kind of wary about the recruitment process in this country. On the other hand, I just said to the whole world that I am mad, so basically I decided that I don’t give a fuck. Yes, I wonder what will happen if I answer ‘yes’ to both questions about disability? Will I be greeted with a standing ovation at the interview? Or with a bottle of champagne?

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