We send our garbage overseas. It can be real garbage or it can be shitty experiences, like call centers where foreigners listen to us complain, and read a rote script in response. Or manually parsing data – tedious, endless, Sisyphian. That’s one kind of outsourcing.
Another kind is getting angry at others. Talking down to them. Feeling good by making them feel bad. Outsourcing our feelings of inadequacy by pushing them onto other people.
The “out” in outsourcing is closer than we think. Abusive parents produce children who abuse their own kids. Bullying bosses lead to subordinates who bully. Abuse leads to more abuse. Shit rolls…and keeps rolling. When you try to outsource feelings, they sometimes come back to slice you like a boomerang.