I remember when all employment practices, like hiring, firing, policy formation, etc., were handled in the “Personnel” office. And then the wave of new management-speak began and the name was changed to “Human Resources.” My colleagues and I were quite offended. To us, we had gone from being “persons” to “resources.” Just another log to throw on the corporate fire to be burned out, burned up, and our ashes discarded.
Then all of us employees became “Human Capital.” Now management was using banking terms to describe people. This was, perhaps, a little better in that the connotation was that employees were an “investment.” This term evolved when employers realized half of their workforce was getting ready to retire, and they needed to invest in new logs to burn. Some employers may have actually valued the loss of institutional knowledge that was going to be exiting when all those bodies walked out the door, never to return. I can’t say for sure. The places I’ve worked always seemed to value replacing long-term employees with unskilled cheaper ones.
I always love it when new terms like this are coined. Sometimes they’re good and sometimes they are bad, but they are almost always entertaining because those creating the new terminology don’t always understand the messages they are conveying. But I also love it because I can see other applications of the new phrase. That’s where some of the real fun begins.
The one I heard yesterday was “Angel Dusting.” And I absolutely love this one, seriously. The context in which it was applied was in the way manufacturers of body-care products mask the toxins they are conning us into spraying on ourselves. Or maybe “masking” is not the proper term, maybe “hyping” is better. You see, these manufacturers put all forms of toxic compounds in things like lipstick, body wash, fragrances, sun screen, shaving cream; you name it. Beauty products manufacturers don’t even have to disclose what all is in their concoctions and potions. They get to hide the bulk of their ingredients in the name of preserving “trade secrets.” Tune in to the Heavy Metals Summit if you’d like to learn more about these toxins.
The “Dusting” occurs when the companies add a dash of vitamin A or E, or oatmeal, or vanilla, maybe an essential oil, and even yogurt. But that’s all they add – a dusting. These additives are in such small quantities that they have no beneficial value at all. It’s a great marketing ploy, and it steers you away from all the bad stuff in there like parabens, synthetic colors, undefined fragrance, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, and toluene. Check out this article: “10 Toxic Beauty Ingredients to Avoid.”
The connotation of “Angel Dusting” is that they give just a minute amount of the good, to get you see past or accept the huge quantity of bad. And, I can see this term being applied in all sorts of situations.
How many of us have put up with an extremely bad job, or bad boss because of the small perks that come around every once in a Blue Moon. Or personal relationships. They could even be abusive relationships, but we get a “dusting” of good, just enough to keep us holding on. Believing that things are all right or that they will get better. Flowers after a verbal or physical assault. Promises of treating us better, of respecting our needs or desires. The narcissist that dominates and controls while gaslighting you (another fun term) into believing they are the nice, sane partner in the relationship. All the while, we are being poisoned. Having the energy drained from our bodies, our spirits crushed.
Perhaps it’s a phony spiritual leader, dusting us with promises of acquiring wealth, happiness and spiritual union, all for a donation of $99.99. The language sounds so sweet, so believable. There are testimonials from saved souls – more dusting phonies on the payroll.
How about legislation that is named in the opposite of what it actually does. My favorite is the Patriot Act. It allows highly questionable government intrusion into personal privacy, basically violating constitutional rights in exchange for a mere dusting of the idea of increased security. Maybe it has worked in small measure, but at what cost to liberty – but angelically, you are a “patriot.”
Unfortunately, it takes time for the toxicity to increase to the point where we finally realize we are poisoned. Detoxing is extremely difficult and the long-lasting effects of the toxins can be catastrophic.
In terms of environmental pollutants this can lead to the devastation of entire landscapes, displacement of families, and the need for Superfund cleanups.
In terms of personal exposure to toxic chemicals, it can manifest as autoimmune diseases, severely impairing the quality of life and leading to early mortality.
In terms of spirituality, well just remember Jim Jones, Jonestown in Guyana, and the poison Kool-Aid.
In terms of lawmaking or executive action, it can be when we realize the action taken was all to benefit a special interest at the expense of everyone else – the public treasury already raided, billions of tax-payer monies gone, like the banking bailout. Too big to fail, right?
In terms of relationships, it can destroy trust and self-esteem and set us up for a life of loneliness and alienation – and that’s if the poisoning was mental. Physical abuse, perpetuated and repeated with doses of retaining Angle Dust, can be fatal. The victim wasn’t able to escape in time.
“Angel Dusting.” What a concept. A way to profit off of poisoning the healthy by adding a minuscule speck of honey to entrap us . . . I bet you can think of some more applications of this term.
Photo: A beautiful lake in northern Montana. It was one of the most amazing places I’ve visited.