Mary and Jennifer

Mary and Jennifer applied for the same job. Mary had a graduate degree but no experience and came across as a bit confrontational. Jennifer had an under-graduate degree, two years of experience, and demonstrated good people skills. Who would you hire?

Mary and Jennifer both starred in a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Jennifer had a more difficult role than Mary, appeared on screen twice as long as Mary, and was the primary box-office draw. To whom would you pay more money?

Mary and Jennifer are both up for the same promotion to become Branch Manager. Mary was in her position twice as long as Jennifer and was perceived as “Meets Expectations”. Jennifer was in her role half as long as Mary but was twice as productive and effective and was constantly rated “Exceeds Expectations”. Who would you promote?

Now, replace the name “Jennifer” with “Bob”, and take the quiz again. Will your answers change?

There are people out there whose sole purpose is to create and perpetuate divisiveness between the sexes, the races, the social and economic classes, the gender orientations, the religions, and the political affiliations. They have no interest in solving the issues. They only want to keep us divided. You are either a part of their movement, or you are against it. May we stand up for individualism and judge people on their behavior, integrity and kindness. And if you’ve not yet had the opportunity to observe these traits in a person, let’s not judge them at all. Forgive the cliché, but united we stand, divided we fall. And once we are down, like a swarm of locusts in the night will flock the oppressors who will keep us down. Peace, love, dove homies.

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