An old English schoolyard taunt reserved for tattletales.
Tell tale twit,
Your tongue should be slit
and all the dogs in our street
should have a little bit!
The chances are the foul, dangerous or illegal practice was known to some degree by a passive observer who chose for some reason to turn a blind eye to the situation. Some would say that person was culpable through remaining silent, others may have empathy for that position, usually from bitter experience.
The track record for those who come forward and seek to right obvious wrongs is not good. The well intentioned are often subjected to harsh consequence and personal attack, careers are often ended. We need to ask and understand why, for surely intervening in a wrong situation should be lauded, not penalized.
They are torn between doing the right thing, or becoming culpable through silence and inactivity. For an individual with high moral fiber and a well developed sense of justice or principle the decision seems simple.
Brian Martin, an associate professor at the University of Wollongong, who’s interviewed hundreds of whistle blowers and has written extensively about the subject.
Although whistle blowers are extremely valuable to society, most of them suffer enormously for their efforts. Ostracism, harassment, slander, reprimands, referral to psychiatrists, demotion, dismissal and blacklisting are among the common methods used to attack whistle blowers. Bosses are the usual attackers with co-workers sometimes joining in.
Many people view the world as a place where humanity is inherently good and where evil is a nasty exception.
Many will say only the "bad" is reported skewing perception, that may be true but I do remind you victims are legion. It is not exceptional to be a victim of a crime, wrongdoing or other depravity. I doubt you are exempt. Perhaps rather than the system having corruption within it, the system itself is modeled on corruption, therefore the system is one of corruption. If this is not the case then how is it next near to impossible to survive "doing the right thing?"
If is not exceptional to be a victim of a crime or wrongdoing, then it is not exceptional when one encounters evil. The system then can be said to be a construct of evildoers.
From a self-preservation perspective one is prudent to assume there is no mechanism within a corrupt system to appeal to, even pursuing legal means of restitution often has unexpected and terrifying consequence for the victim, the system is obviously biased toward the perpetrators not the victim.
Victims may be legion, but are not well represented by the hierarchy which professes to care for them, the hierarchy seems inherently sympathetic to wrongdoers, not right doers.
On this observation I rest my case.
I report my take on this with great sadness, to live in an environment where truth is a liability speaks volumes about the state of our world and the specimens who control it.