If you go for your diploma, you could join a steno pool.
Turn in your teasin’ comb and go back to high school!
(Beauty School Dropout – Grease)
I am not a gay really, however there are some friends of mine that live in their gay life style and seem pretty much enjoy it. I am sure that some of you have similar situation with me and I can very well reckon your attitude toward the life style: you support. Mostly, you support them in a way that you believe in a set of values that it is fully their rights and dignity to choose that way of life and I have nothing to object at this point.
Now, how about gay marriage? Well, I must admit that is a hard question. Not only because it is going to force you to change your perspective about marriage, but also its sacred definition. You have to think outside the box since gay matrimony is a new (emerging) phenomenon in 21st century and it will violate many of your concepts, understandings, dogmas and prejudices thought to you since you were a child. Again, even though this phenomenon seems pretty much popular in more liberal countries for a decade, it still seems considered as taboo and illegal in our society. It is definitely not in our backyard and you do not have to worry about that. Yet.
What is a diploma going to do with a gay life style? Nothing really, except one thing: hypocrisy. Let me illustrate it this way:
I had a job interview for a project funded by Ausaid in Aceh 3 weeks ago. I was in Medan when they called me for an interview that held in a hotel in Jakarta. I was so excited so I booked a flight (well, actually I did a second booking since I thought the interview would be held in Banda Aceh) and a room at the same hotel. I went to the interview a few minutes before my schedule. There was a three-person panel: The HR Manager, The Team Leader and an Expatriate Consultant. I did the first session with the HR manager who did cross checks on everything that I wrote in my CV. After that, I went to the second session conducted by the Team Leader and the Consultant. I firmly concluded that I did the interview well, both in Bahasa Indonesia and English. Then, I had another session with the HR manager to confirm my salary history, expected salary and availability. He added also some information about the packages for the job, which is a way lower than what I got from the previous organization that I worked for. But hey, who cares I like the potentials of the job. I love its capacity building issues though not sure about this organization’s commitments on it, considering time and budget limitation in the project. The interview was closed by a strong statement that may qualification was over their requirement. Well, that’s clearly not my fault, your honor.
Last week was the time of final selection for the job. The successful candidates would be called by this organization, and surprisingly I did not have that jackpot call. Well, I considered that as a bad luck and bad investment considering the amount of money I spent for that interview. Until a friend of mine buzzed me on my messenger asking that interview process. I told her that I might not pass the interview as they haven’t called me until now. Then she told me that I supposed to get the job but apparently the management (so as she said) nullified my qualification since I do not have a Degree diploma. Perfect!
It is the first time ever in this type of industry a diploma is the main consideration for recruitment. I have been working for several projects since six years ago and none of my previous employer asking where my diploma is. I don’t really know either they were simply smart or barely stupid. But one thing for sure, I have not let them down. I actively participated raised more than 6 million dollars for one of organization that I worked for and that was done without attaching my diploma in the project proposals. It is sad but true. This silly diploma thing only mattered when I requested an international post (Iraq would nice) and they strictly put that a Master Degree on relevant subjects as their only barrier and to keep my feet on the ground. My friends and my employers know well that without any diploma I could deliver what I promised, what the projects expected and most importantly, what the donors wanted. It is simply a take-and-give game. They acknowledged my skills and knowledge, not my diploma. Or am I wrong?
Do you see the red line? If not, I will rephrase it for you. For me, gay life style and diploma issues are a perfect example on how hypocrite our society is. The bottom line is that you can do anything you want, as long as not in my backyard. You can be a gay, lesbian or simply hermaphrodite as long as you are not my son/brother/sister/father or anyone that is in my ‘backyard’. In other way, if you do not have a diploma, you can go find a job elsewhere, not in my backyard. No matter how good or awful you are, because what we need is a diploma. It is quantifiable and (yet fallible) to measure how competent you are. And we’re sorry that you do not have a diploma. Why don’t you just buy one?
Eat shit! I am tired of this hypocrisy life style. But I will not get myself a diploma, any diploma and later join a steno pool. I naively want to be a living proof that a person can do anything beyond a diploma, and better. Rejecting people because they do not have diplomas is simply a lame excuse to exclude people that can think, speak, write and work better than those who hold diplomas. It is not a fair practice and undermine human dignity in a so-called ‘humanitarian works’. It surely shows you that those people can respect others, let alone their understanding about humanitarian values or other more complicated and sophisticated terms. Something that is basic but yet important in this kind of job. All ye diploma holder, remember that!
It’s not that we don’t care,
We just know that the fight ain’t fair
(Waiting on the world to change – John Mayer)