Whistleblower. /Life as I know it.

To know [the truth], the whistle-blower [is forced] to give up what every right-thinking American believes in. What must the whistle-blower [acknowledge as lies]?

  • That the individual matters.
  • That law and justice can be relied upon.
  • That the purpose of law is to remove the caprice of powerful individuals.
  • That ours is a government of laws, not men.
  • That the individual will not be sacrificed for the sake of the group.
  • That loyalty is not equivalent to the heard (sic) instinct.
  • That one’s friends will remain loyal even if one’s colleagues do not.
  • That the organization is not fundamentally immoral.
  • That it makes sense to stand up and do the right thing. (Take this literally: that it “makes sense” means that it is a comprehensible activity.)
  • That someone, somewhere who is in charge knows, cares, and will do the right thing.
  • That the truth matters, and someone will want to know it.
  • That if one is right and persistent, things will turn out all right in the end.
  • That even if they do not, other people will know and understand.
  • That the family is a haven in a heartless world. Spouses and children will not abandon you in your hour of need.
  • That the individual can know the truth about all this and not become merely cynical, cynical unto death.

Not only is it hard to come to come to terms with these truths, but when one finally does, it seems one is left with nothing. ~C. Fred Alford  Whistleblower narratives:  The experience of choiceless choice.

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