A self-righteous open letter to people who write self-righteous open letters to people who write…

I think the letter-format, a one-off viking funeral for an unfair job situation is going to engender’s feelings that it can somehow be dissected and argued against because the writer assures you their first-person, singular experience is somehow the most truthful version of reality and anyone with these problems could ONLY do what they did given the factors they provided. I felt for the writer who had a bad job and I agree that more employers should get big, long-winded rebukes, even public ones, for the kind of workplace and obstacles they create for their poor employees. But for some reason, the airing-it-out open-letter creates a kind of tonal rigidity and sense of undo victimization that the bootstrapping optimists wants or maybe even need to dismiss.

Thanks for the great article!

Show your support

Clapping shows how much you appreciated Joel Weidenhamer’s story.