Monday, August 9, 2010

We are in control



I received a phone call from Brother Eddie yesterday. He definitely has a distinct personality and view on life that is a bit different than mine, but hey, that's what makes the world go 'round. He asks me if I am going to go to my cousin's pending 80th birthday party scheduled to be held 2000 miles from the FTI compound. (I guess the fact that we are brothers related by blood negates the fact that this woman is also his cousin.) The fact that he speaks as an unrelated member of the family with no connection to others seems odd to me. Regardless, I tell him no; I haven't seen her in 15 years and other than a Christmas card once a year, we don't keep in contact and there isn't much of a relationship there .

After his phone call, I realized how irritated I am with the practice of people constantly talking in the 3rd person. Politicians, media relations people, corporate executives all do it; "We have decided", "Our company", etc. Why do people talk that way? Are they trying to hide something? Is it an attempt to project some sort of stature or create some sort of illusion of importance?

Our FTI research staff has been assigned to study this phenomena.

4 comments:

  1. Hahahhahahaha. Lori thinks this is funny.

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  2. So, are you just trying to figure out the phenomena of constantly speaking in the third person or are you really getting ready to do some indepth studying to try an figure out the phenomena known as "Brother Eddie"? Keep me posted.

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  3. The above comment by Anonymous brings up an interesting point. The intent of the sentence was to relay the thought of having our staff investigate the practice of speaking in the 3rd person. Studying the phenomena of Brother Eddie is an entirely different research task that would require more analyst personnel than currently employed at FTI.

    Our HR and financial analysis teams will have to study this suggestion and get back to us.

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  4. We read this with great interest as we also have siblings that are crazy.

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