I hear the level of hell devoted to oath breakers is so full that there are lines to get in.
On the serious side, if there is a hell of oathbreakers, they have an overpopulation problem, unless they give points for being an idiot who didn’t realize he was welshing on his half of a deal.
You see, we live in a time that what used to be a mutually understood obligation is no longer regarded as such. A side — usually the one awarded victimhood points by the current bien pensant, but not always — is given the right to break it at will.
In what is supposed to be a mutually beneficial association, one side routinely tries to stab the other in the back. This is called smart, and sharp business practices.
Frankly, I blame Karl Marx. (No, I don’t blame him for everything. I have yet to blame him for my cat pissing on my editing chair. Or a ton of other things. Come on, guys, it’s not like Marx is global warming.)
Being a bitter and angry autist, the thing Marx most completely missed in his system was human relationships and mutually beneficial UNDERSTOOD compacts. Instead, he saw only power relationships and “classes” that amounted to making humans into widgets.
It’s not his fault, to be fair, that his system was propagated by intellectuals that shared many of the same defects of perception, and a need to feel superior nor that it now forms the basis of all history and sociology. Probably. I mean, good thing it’s not up to me to judge the dead, eh?
But the fact that Marxism had infected everyone’s understanding of “how the world works” has done untold damage to old, understood, never spelled out contracts.
One of them is of course the relationship between men and women. Current feminism refuses to believe that men had their own issues and inconveniences and obligations throughout history, let alone understanding the past only through the lens of upper class Victorian England. Int he process they rush to turn women into the worst of men, because in their heads that’s giving women the upper hand.
Then there is the general “social compact.” The left seems to be intent on recreating feudalism without being aware that the rulers in feudalism had oath-bound-duties as well as rights. Yes, the system sucked, but it wasn’t as much of a hell as Venezuela or Cuba, or China and that’s not mentioning North Korea.
But the other part of it is that it encourages those who are supposed to be the “exploiting” class, like employers to take advantage because they legitimately think that’s the only way they can stay on top and that everyone who succeeds does it, and it’s “smart.”
Hence egregious bad behavior and bullying from various corporations. And underhanded financial shenanigans.
All while demanding utter loyalty and good behavior from subordinates.
This is particularly bad in systems where the market is controlled by gate keepers, as it was with Hollywood or traditional publishing. Your bosses have the ability to wreck you, and can demand everything. You can do nothing but behave at our best.
It was like that when I came in. You had to be polite, and if they said jump you said “how high” and if you caught them in irrationality, insanity or whatever, you shut up. Otherwise you’d never work in that town again.
So, a writer had to turn in the best work possible, and paint it purple if demanded, but they actually didn’t have to make any effort to sell your book, or give you an even mildly acceptable cover, or make sure it got shelved. And if, with everything against it it failed it was your fault. ANd you’d go along with it, or you’d never work in this town again.
Royalties and reports could be up to six months late, and you shut up, even though it was your livelihood, because — yeah.
This is not unique to publishing. this is obtaining more and more in every field of endeavor. Because people have grown to not even understand “mutual benefit” and “implied mutual obligation.” So, one or the other is always looking for the ‘advantage.’
The advantage in this doesn’t exist. Society is founded on mutual obligation. It is so, because otherwise nothing would survive.
Trad pub hasn’t run out of authors yet, but I know for a fact they’re hurting badly, because authors now have other alternatives.
The same will happen to other systems. All of them, I’d think.
As you go about your business remember mutual obligation and win-win. This makes for better businesses, families, groups and …. well, everything than any other system.
And the doomed institutions? Be sure to build under, build over, build around.
Because any institution/field/relationship where both sides don’t keep the oaths, implied or explicit will fall.
With an Earth Shattering Kaboom!