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Read the last comment on the post re: PP.
Then go tell those fuckers what their wonderful system, and insight into it, has done for you lately.
Maybe if my readers overwhelm them with examples from their own lives as many of you have already done here, they'll realize it's not that we haven't TRIED to take their advice?
Do we think they're actually capable of considering there's another side to the story, instead of the usual blame-the-victims attitude they've got going?
I just love how they always accuse us of ignoring all our mentors/elders/advisors.
And accuse me of having a "schtick" that's "getting old."
The point is that we're NOT exceptions to the rule.
We, the postdocs, are the best examples of why their beloved system is BROKEN.
And we have tried very hard, and repeatedly, to take their 'advice'.
Even when it it sounds logical and yet.... doesn't work.
Even when they resort to the following:
(1) "It's simple, just find another lab!"
(2) "Why don't you go to industry?"
Or my personal favorite,
(3) "Quit whining you stupid bitch!"
Yeah, their so-called advice DOES NOT magically fix everything.
I have more I could say here. [I could say that it does not help for you, dear PI-who-got-his-job-in-an-entirely-different-economy, to tell me that once upon a time you were worried and scared and had problems. It really doesn't help me at all.
It's very nice for you to have the "I got through it so I don't have to feel sorry for you" attitude, because it means you don't have to face up to the possibility that you wasted a lot of time and energy suffering when maybe you shouldn't have had to.
I'm sure it's easier for you to blame me than to take a good hard look at this system that you think you've conquered, and ask whether we shouldn't be throwing the whole thing out the window.]
But I won't say that, because I'm tired.
I'm tired of arguing with people who ignore what I have to say, and call me names*.
I get to do that all day at work, where we use nice euphemisms for it like 'negotiating'.
*Oops, did I just call them a name?
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