This term is not new. BPO basically means the ‘outsourced’ industry. In the military, it is the ‘PMCs’, or Private Military Contractors, in business world, it is means the outsourced IT company, Payroll firm, etc.
So even in the Dojo, do we go there to ‘outsource’ our emotional, mental and spiritual well-being? How often do we head for the dojo after a frustrating day to take it out on a punching bag, or worse, our partners. We go for counseling session only to end up disgruntled that the counselor did not solve our problems and instead, put more on our already over pouring plates? We blame our children’s teachers for not teaching them the right values when they go wayward.
This is the outsourced mentality, where we delegate ‘non-critical’ functions to outside parties in the efforts to save costs, improve profits. It is alright if we do it for business, and if we do it for the short-term.
What happens when we do it for a ‘strategic’ time frame? We become irresponsible, and adopt a ‘NIMBY’ ( Not In My Back Yard) attitude. This is when we become ‘owner-less’, we no longer own our space. When our lobby is dirty, no one bothers to pick up a broom (if there is any lying around) and sweep, instead, we pick up the phone and complained to the cleaning company contracted to keep our lobby clean. Of course it would be faster to pick up a broom, and sweep! but no! If that is the case, why the hell are we paying the contractors for?
We get so good at outsourcing every damn thing, we thought we can outsource ourselves! Our emotional well-being; to counselors. Our physical well-being; to fitness trainers, or worse, our sensei! Our spiritual well-being; to religious institutions. Our financial well-being; to banks and phoney investors. We need to take all these back, but we are already set on the road of no return, it takes too much effort to own, it is so much easier to blame others.
Walk on the road and look at the people around you, all you get is blank stares. Stares that will send a shiver down the spine of a Vietnam Vet, or combat veteran because it seems like everyone has mastered the proverbial ‘thousand yard stare.’ But these eyes hadn’t seen the horrors of war, just the mundane reality of everyday life.
It is sad when people would pluck earphones into their ears, block out the real world with music, peer into their 3 inch smart phones screens, engrossed with movies they’ve downloaded. There are so many people out there who are crying out for help, and we cannot hear them because we have delegated charity to charitable organizations. We no longer see needy people because needy people out to go to NGOs for help, that is why we donate to them in the first place right? So that they can help these poor folks we rub shoulders with every now and then?
It is so prevalent that no one sees it coming, if this is the reality of the new world, then the end of the world is already there.