In case you’re new to my errant ramblings, I left a job in May, moved to a different state and embarked on a journey toward healing my bruised psyche.
It has been the most rewarding experience I have ever given myself. Today I feel stronger, healthier and happier than I believe I have at any other time in my life.
So, the big question is, what next?
What I know about me is I feel compelled to champion the vulnerable, and to fight willful blindness whenever it rears its’ ugly head.
Willful blindness is when we know something is wrong, but we choose to ignore it. Because we’re afraid of what will happen if we speak up. Because we think somebody smarter or more powerful than us should speak up. Because it’s easier to be quiet.
Margaret Heffernan gave an amazing TED talk about willful blindness. She mentions research that has shown when asked, 85% of persons within a corporation or institution will say they know something is wrong but for whatever reason have not spoken up.
Willful blindness frustrates me more than anything else. Take these examples:
Studies have shown that 23% of children who disclose sexual abuse will later recant, and the number one reason they recant is that the non-offending parent does not believe them.
How many of you who would spend thousands of dollars to save the life of a dog or cat often eat meat on a regular basis? If farmers were legally required to treat animals raised to feed us the same as we are our pets, their practices would be illegal in every state in the US.
Many of you who complain about people living on the government dole shop at Walmart. The Walton family, owners of Walmart, are one of the richest families in America, while over half of their employees make less than $25K per year and are eligible for government assistance.
And let’s not forget despite all the yelling about mandatory term limits, we re-elected almost every incumbent running during the last election. There is a loud roar from Trump’s supporters to ignore the danger in Russia’s meddling in our election (and the fact we let that happen), along with every other ethical issue related to the PEOTUS.
I love this country far too much to allow willful blindness tear us apart. And that is why I hereby resolve to NEVER be quiet about abuse, neglect, or downright corruption.
I know that will never make me popular in the blogosphere. I won’t make money hawking dog chow the way some other bloggers do. And I doubt there will ever be a book deal come my way. But this is my passion. This is my calling.
I must tell you the truth. It’s up to you whether or not to read it.
So come back at your own risk. But if you do, be prepared to stretch your comfort zone.