Whoa! Where did that come from? Do I really believe that pivotal moments in history can be equated to one small but very shamefully crime committed?
Simply said. Yes. And more. A great tragedy or triumph in history has ramifications for everyone. That’s why it is so memorable. Well, this one small but very shamefully committed crime also has ramifications for everyone. Yes, everyone. We were all there to some extent.
We who have not spoken up when someone else is being treated unfairly.
We who have looked the other way when someone has cheated or done the wrong thing.
We who are worried about our jobs and don’t speak up when we should.
We who hide behind the laws that ”protect” the vulnerable, which protect them not at all, or when it is just too late?
This week I became aware of another physician targeting in the making. I took the time to warn this physician and give my advice. I have ”been there, done that.” Just speaking with this doctor, I know I am at risk. Does this bother me? I would be lying if I said it doesn’t. But at least I think I did the right thing.
I am not here to chastise anyone for not speaking up. Everyday I see bad things happening that should be reported. But to whom? To the people who don’t want to hear? To people who won’t listen? So am I guilty? It’s in the genes.
And why won’t they listen? Because their job depends on sweeping inconveniences under the rug. Their jobs depend on throwing under the train people who shine a light on their misguided attempts to hide their ugly under belly.
I ask myself, day after day, what will it take for me to speak up? And I face these issues day after day. What good can I do if I am taken out? These are real questions that real people face all the time. And that’s why I think that the small moments of triumph and tragedy have as much meaning for all of us as the pivotal moments in history. So, where were you when………?