Written by Lisa Canning
Yesterday I was a whistle-blower. I reported someone for engaging in a crime I personally witnessed to their employer. It was an easy decision for me to make. Would it be for you? I can’t simply stand by and allow this individual to potentially do the same thing I saw them do to another. I cannot witness another life ruined. Unfortunately reporting them to the police, when it’s a white collar crime, often requires taking them to court, or convincing the DA’s office to, which is time consuming and/or costly. Our ‘system’ makes it so hard and frankly mostly meaningless to bother to want to ‘say something if you see something‘; because nothing happens, most of the time, when you do. So why bother, right?
This truth is so sad and I am about to experience it too. Although I told the truth, I don’t believe, really, that anyone is going to care if what I told them is true. I am not even sure they will follow up with me frankly. I am preparing myself for no reply.
After all, it’s so much easier to turn your back. Especially when you have made a decision and placed your faith and an endorsement in that persons hands. I think everyone fears the same thing when they see something and know they should report it…. How is this going to make me look bad? Do I want to get involved? How am putting myself at risk if I do?
Perception has become reality. And this is yet another reason we need society to be engaged in more creativity because it cannot conceal facts. When you engage in creative expression the real you always shines through- good or bad. Think of how many unethical, illegal and criminal messes creative people could help stop AND clean up inside of government, business and world affairs if we could engage politicians, bureaucrats and the ‘c suite’ in creative acts of self-expression? All of us creatives could be part of the “loss prevention” team, the crime stoppers, the value(s) keepers.
Catch me before I fall off the cliff. I clearly am dreaming.
And yet, just look at the mess ignoring the facts has had? How much more back turning will we have? You don’t have to look far to recognize how many lives Jerry Sandusky and Bernie Madoff destroyed. For how many decades did they commit their horrible crimes? And look at just how many people tried to expose their actions and bring them to a halt and how they were not able to?
When you are dealing with human nature you need human interaction to expose it. Creative self expression offers a solution if looked at in a new way.
Is it OK to be a whistle blower and is it even realistic to think wrongs will be stopped if you do? And if not, will society accept creativity self-expression as a new way to stop crimes and fraud from happening? Can creatives lead the way forward in loss prevention and do we even want to?
About Lisa Canning
“Vowels are to words what creativity is to the world~ pretty basic and necessary.”
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