Cornwall ON – Cliques, crony-ism, highs school pack mentality. It’s in our lives everywhere we look. Is it good? Bad? Does it serve any purpose or is it simply corruption endemically practiced in a given community?
“Old Boys” behaviour isn’t even limited to old boys. It’s practiced by the fairer sex too, and in many instances too much higher degrees.
Belonging to something, being a part of a greater being isn’t something new either. It’s age old. Religion, sports teams, business associations, just about any group. I remember being told a story by one of my friends. While growing up in the West Island of Montreal his dad was refused by a country club.
It seems that one ethnic group was excluded from joining the posh country clubs in Montreal so they started their own waaaay out in at the time what was the country. (Jews and blacks up until the 70’s in Montreal couldn’t buy homes in certain neighborhoods or belong to certain organizations)
“I’d never want to be in a club that wanted me for a member. “
Well this country club, at least at that time, practiced reverse discrimination. If you don’t want us, we don’t want you.
Sometimes favortism or cronyism makes sense. I know when working in film that working with the same “crew” is quite common. If you are happy with the results and like the people you are working with why change, especially when you have to depend on them to achieve your goal?
But change is evolution. It happens in every industry and every facet of the world and sometimes that resistance to change can do more harm than good. Protect something no matter what and you can find yourself or your business failing behind the competition.
You can miss out on opportunity and discovering new and interesting people, places, and ways of living.
Yesterday I had a conversation with a very wise man here in Cornwall. Someone whose time I truly enjoy sharing and would never want for an enemy. He had some interesting insights into the pros and cons of this clannish cronyism that exists, and some of his insights gave me pause to ponder as we are about to enter our third year of existence here in Cornwall Ontario.
Ponder indeed. So loyal and clique’ish viewers of The Cornwall Free News, what do you think of Cliques? Have you ever been a part of something or practiced life in this manner? Are you brave enough to post about it? You can share your comments below.