The tongue is a two-edged sword… HONEY on one edge and VINEGAR on the other.
Looks like we could easily substitute PEN for TONGUE above.
Evil Persists When Good Men Stand Aloof And DO/ SAY Nothing To Address The Evil
There is supposed to be freedom of expression in Nigeria and a lot of democracies. In repressive societies, merely speaking the wrong thing at the right time can cause you your freedom, or better, your life.
But we are in a democracy.
It is therefore surprising when one hears of people in Authority regarding dissenting opinion as treachery or incitement, and attempting to repress, suppress, or oppress the dissenters.
It is depressing.
Where, Then, Does Loyalty Start/Begin, Obsequiousness / Hypocrisy Part Ways And Bluntness /Assertiveness Manifest?
It happens on the home front. That domineering father that sees a different view from his, as a challenge to his manhood or authority.
Or, in the workplace. The boss who covertly / overtly punishes assertiveness with denial of promoting or salary increase and encourages docility and bootlicking by rewarding yes-men and yes-women in the organization.
Have a look at recent prime example of attempts by Authority to gag people from expressing themselves:
- Nigeria Police Detain University Of Lagos Student Rusticated Over Critical Facebook Post
- Blogger And Publisher Of Abusidiqu.Com, Abubakar Sidiq Usman Has Been Arrested By The EFCC
- Blogger Jamil Mabai Arrested For Criticising Governor Masari For Buying CoffinsOn many occasions, particularly in the military era, silence was truly golden, but it is really surprising that you still hear of force / intimidation being used to suppress freedom of expression, especially in a democracy.In the past, a television station was compelled to remove a presenter who was deemed too critical of government. One would think that, the courts are there if somebody is deemed to be inciting, or uses seditious or treasonous language.
I was shocked when a friend told me people are often hired, fired, or “passed over for hiring” based on how they are perceived on the social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc.
He then pointed me in the direction of Reputation Economy, a term I was encountering for the first time.
Your Reputation Defines How People See You And What They Will Do For You. It Determines Whether Your Bank Will Lend You Money To Buy A House Or Car; Whether Your Landlord Will Accept You As A Tenant; Which Employers Will Hire You And How Much They Will Pay You
Since many who want to deal with you don’t know you personally, they use digital sleuthing to garner information about you.
Looks like playing the Devil’s Advocate, even online, may be fraught with real danger, after all.
Is it not said that,
Character Is What You Are And Reputation Is What People Believe You Are?
There may not be any propinquity between the two!
People may be denied visa strictly on the basis of what they say online, and thus how they are perceived. I then wonder,
Do I delude myself when I said that