Group Project Gone Bad

Anybody every have an assignment from hell GROUP PROJECT in school? Anybody like them?


Life’s like a permanent group project.


Substitute Fellow Citizens for Classmates

There’s no end-of-semester relief in sight. We have to live with all these other people as long as we all shall live because all the good hermit caves are taken.


This country was founded by immigrants. Whether our ancestors didn’t like it in their home country or weren’t liked in their home country, had a taste for adventure, or came for work (via indentured servitude or sold into slavery), our genes are coded differently than those who stayed.

The vast frontier of the West has allowed us the freedom of rugged individualism for a long, long time. But, now the connectivity of the internet is forcing us to realize that we have neighbors. And those neighbors are different from what we’ve been accustomed to seeing.



God’s Golden Rule for this Group Project is: Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Here are some suggestions on how to make it easier:

  • Please look around for your empathy button, which might be disguised as the power off button on your television or other news source.
  • Go volunteer at a hospital or other shelter, remind yourself that people and suffering are real, not just internet punching bags.
  • Run for a local office.
  • Get involved in your community in a positive way— I believe this is why so many marched – they wanted an outlet. (The airlines and transportation industries thank you. The municipalities that needed to pay all their officers overtime do not– this will impact local budgets for funding for other community project & then folks will be upset there’s no money, never considering that the lack of funds is tied directly to their actions. But, this is a blog for another day)

Your mission, should you choose to accept it….

About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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3 Responses to Group Project Gone Bad

  1. Holly says:

    Great post. I love the point about the marches / protest. I am disgusted by all the money NYC pays to block streets and pay overtime for officers for protests. I wish those people would take your other suggestions and try to make a difference instead of laying down in the middle of 5th avenue to try to prove a point. OK Rant over

    • Holly says:

      I am also disgusted by all the money we are paying to shut down the streets around trump tower

      • Thanks, I know people want to DO something, but the news media is out to make money, which they do by riling everybody up. If we’d get involved in our communities, I believe it would help us to see the other side as actual people. Rant postponed…..

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