Words from Dic(tionary)
Agency: (n) a business or organization established to provide transactions between two or more parties
Every time I hear the word I break out into a small surface sweat.
Maybe someone just tells me I will have to go to an agency to fill out an application or form to gain approval to acquire something I feel I should already have.
Let’s look at the source of my fear. What is the origin of an agency?
1. It was formed because someone was afraid to say yes or no.
There’s a problem right there. We all know the power in life is being able to come up with a positive or negative answer, and let the chips fall where they may. When you decide you don’t want that responsibility, and you spread it over a breadth of people so as to remove guilt from yourself, you create the kind of nasty red tape that makes people suicidal instead of overjoyed.
2. Someone likes to “play office.”
He or she is the kind of person who stacks pencils, puts the stapler in the upper right-hand corner of the desk planner and has a can of air freshener nearby which also acts as a disinfectant for the phone receiver when there is “foreign” use. This is the same person who always volunteered to help the teacher pound the erasers to remove the chalk dust and the kid who wanted to be the hall monitor, to tell on everyone for their bad deeds on the way to the cafeteria.
We didn’t like ’em then; we don’t like ’em now.
3. Lacking power, we imitate power.
Because we don’t think our decisions have much weight, we like to have an acronym behind our points to make them more pointed. It also gives us somebody to blame if there are objections.
4. And finally, it gives us a way to be mean and disappoint others while hiding behind a desk or a series of rules.
After all, we’re not allowed to punch somebody in the nose without suffering the consequences. But sending a form letter of rejection or explaining in boring detail why something cannot work out is the method that an agency promotes, turning its employees into street thugs.
Now, you may think that I’m too critical, but that’s probably because you work for an agency and would like to keep your paycheck.
So the next time someone tells me I have to go to an agency to seek approval or acquire information, I will stop to realize that the BEST I can hope for is a diluted possibility.
Because the only thing an agency can ever muster … is to water down the liquor of life.