I finally managed to make the “Spitting Fools” story public. I’m like a dog with a bone when there’s something I don’t like. But here’s the question. There were 730 people at that testing site. As I now know, many of them complained to their friends. But why did nobody speak out? Why am I the only person – one in 730 – who made a public statement?
There’s no penalty attached to speaking out. To the contrary, I’m now a hero, and people have been reaching out to thank me all morning. The administration is taking measures, things are happening.
Imagine what it would be like if there were a penalty for taking a stand. Actually, don’t imagine because I experienced that many times and can share. It’s scary but it feels good. Especially when people start contacting you in secret and thanking you for giving them a voice.
But why is it always me? What is everybody else so afraid of?
And hey, before anybody says tenure or chairmanship, there are people who know me reading this and they’ll confirm that I was always like this.
I always used to say that people in safe, prosperous, comfortable countries are so easily cowed even in the best of times that it’s scary what will happen if they experience some hardship.
And now they’ve experienced some hardship.