A long running conflict, which has been taking place under the radar on one level
has been revealed. Heightened tensions recently have exposed the deep-rooted divisions
and raised this quarrel to an elevated plane. The yardstick of the simmering anger
was that both sides were inches away from all out confrontation.
The conflict in question is the perennial struggle between short and tall men. Some
of their viewpoints and grievances are listed below.
One tall man said that tall men tower majestically head and shoulders above short
men. Short men charged that whenever a short man looked up, there was another tall
man looking down on him.
An irritated tall man remarked that short men are highhanded and are always looking
for shortcuts. An angry short man rebutted that tall men with their underhanded
methods try to shortchange anyone who is not tall.
Tall men considered that short men were one more grouping undercutting their dominant
positions. Short men responded that they were underrepresented and overlooked in
their careers. For instance, a little guy piped up that he felt that only short
men should have exclusive access to the corporate ladder. He added with disgust
that the big guys could work their way up using their lousy long legs, or at most
with the aid of the corporate footstool.