When I tell N the recent news about people getting fired for saying something fifty years ago that contradicts the half-baked dogma of the last 5 seconds, he says, “It’s a good thing I don’t talk a lot!”

And it’s true. The best way to stay employed is to avoid expressing opinions, joking, posting anything online, and ideally just to keep silent for the entirety of your life until you are ready to retire.

There is no constitution, no law, no freedom of speech guarantee that can defend one from unhinged crowds ready to pounce on anybody who can be revealed as a sinner against the fresh iteration of dogma. This is also a manifestation of ageism because the longer you live, the more the dogma mutates.

6 thoughts on “Silent

  1. Yes. This is a disturbing trend. I am not sure whether it has always been the case, however. The framers of the U. S. constitution were wise to prohibit Congress from passing ex post facto laws.

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  2. I have heard of cases in politics or academia – since N doesn’t work in either, talking would be unlikely to harm him.


    1. Really? Never heard of that programmer at Google who was eviscerated and obviously fired by angry mobs?

      By the way, N was offered a job at Facebook yet again last week.


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