These are the people you went to school with; perhaps even sat the same exams together and ate the same weevil-infested beans. It is for these reasons that most of them will nurse the notion that your destinies are somewhat intertwined. That is why whenever an OB/OG bumps into you at the street corner, their first instinct after the mandatory greetings will be to ask something along the lines of: “So, where are you now?”
And when they ask this, be sure that what they want to know is not your place of abode, but rather work. Yes, but why are people ever so interested in knowing where you work. Or whether you work at all? Getting your employment data helps your Old Boy or Girl to have something to say about you when he/she bumps into yet another OB. But above all, it helps them gauge their own career progress against yours. If both of you turn out to be unemployed, it gives them some kind of re-assurance of “not being alone.” If, on the other hand, your OB finds out that you are “in things” (have a juicy job), then he might expect you to “behave” and rescue a brother in trouble (give them ‘something’).
The problem with this lot is, our relationship with them is usually that of master-subordinate. You do not know how to deal with a boss outside of this unwritten official protocol. Now imagine having to meet such a person in a night club, a street corner, or worse still, sharing a row of seats with them in the taxi. How do you approach them in a manner that won’t send them off to think that you no longer accord them the same respect as you once did?
Not much difference between this lot and the OBs/OGs. Former workmates are also given to the tendency to behave as though your fates are intertwined. They too want to know “where you are”, “how things are moving”, or anything along those lines. While they try to establish where you are, they also update you on what is happening at your former workplace. They will tell you about how things (read working conditions) back there have either never improved, or even got worse. They will further tell you how they are “just hanging in there”, waiting for the opportune moment to move to a better job. Then they will crown it with something about how you are dearly and sourly missed by all your former workmates, and how people would welcome you back with open arms if you decided on a U-turn.
The men-a-Gawd. No problem in being one, of course. But is that the only light one can shine as a human being? Do I have to view you only in the light of your devotion to Jesus?
When the typical “savedee” who has newly ‘seen the light’ bumps into you, they will tell you about how they “got saved and accepted Jesus as my personal savior.” They will tell you that the blood of Jesus is their bullet-proof against all trials and tribulations coming their way. They will tell you of how they are not of this world and how our material, worldly existence is all useless. Then they will follow it with the dreaded question: “Are you saved yet?” or, “Have you accepted Jesus in your life?” And there you were, thinking these are supposed to be issues of personal choice!