The whistleblower’s “ultimate” battle

“In tribute to those who sustain our truth under threat of losing their lives for our morality!”

Each of us carries our own “whistle…”
It’s called “conscience…”
Its purpose: to regulate our own morality…
Yes, we do know what is right, what is wrong…
And, we definitely know the difference…
Yet, employing a plethora of worthless excuses,
We humans freely compromise our conscience…

Sell our integrity,
To our basest impulse…
Servicing our ego,
On the cheap…
For whatever’s self serving or expedient,
At the cost of justness and fairness…
And, mostly our fellow beings…
If we would only take care of our own “business…”
We wouldn’t need another to “referee” our actions…
We wouldn’t have to suffer from righteous guilt,
Nor, those painful symptoms
Of depression and anxiety,
Whose psychological consequences to violating our own precious honor and ethics…
Pay exorbitant price…
For lying to ourselves

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Whistleblowers expose immorality that the rest of us pretend we do not see…
And, by doing “our job” for us, they become our human sacrifices…
Expendable messengers of compromised truth…

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Whistleblowers are heroes to those who also witness wrongdoing, but hide their own morality behind another’s courage
And, enemies to those they expose, who hide their own immorality behind their own cowardice…!!

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To be sure, whistleblowers also operate from their “human” agendas, tainted by their own imperfections…
However, in a society conditioned to reflexively faulting someone…anyone else… for our “sins,”
Whistleblowers are mostly quintessential vigilantes…
Public threats to “private” corruption,
Thus, primary targets to be eliminated…
And, make no mistake,
Once, you’ve blown your whistle on those who deserve it,
Your life too… is forever changed…
From praised as courageous and valiant,
To vilified and ostracized…
Used up and cast out by the very society that brings “your” criminal to justice,
Simultaneously, blackballing you,
To that of a life-less lonely “leper…”
A patriot without his homeland…
Abandoned by friends and foes alike…
Without a job,
Financially depleted…
Frightened, exposed and vulnerable…
With only your honor to nourish you…
Justifiably angry and confused…
Wondering why your principled life
Has been sentenced to premature “death…”
For doing the right thing…!!

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But, I am not done with you…my valiant friend…
My question is:
Are you indeed done with you?
Or do you have just enough strength left,
To blow your whistle,
One more “shriek?”
This time to roust yourself out…!!
Resuscitate your expiring spirit,
For one more round of “justice”…
Sentencing yourself to LIFE…
Instead of self imprisonment,
As your own tragic victim…

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Do you not see that you cannot lose this final battle,
To your own resignation to suffering…?
You must fight for your shattered dreams with even more unrelenting passion and perseverance…
Than once fueled your fearless crusade…
Against those (formerly) “unbeatable” ‘bad guys’…
You must resurrect the “good guy” inside,
Who has earned his reward to a deserving future…
Or squander your remaining time buried in the grave of permanent casualties…
With nothing left to fight for,
Because you have nothing left to fight against

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But, this battle…
You cannot and should not soldier, alone…
You must reach out to your Whistleblower network from whom you can draw the inspiration and support you need to recreate a future…
While, the rest of us who have turned our backs on you fronting us,
Must step out and up…
To monitor our own missteps…
And, restore our morality,
And, carry your mission on our shoulders…

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You still have choice, you know…
“Dying” a martyr… is losing your “life…”
To an even more treacherous enemy…
The self righteousness of self pity!

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Photo: Joan of Arc sculpture, c.1874, by Emmanuel Frémiet, at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Creative Commons copyright by pwbaker at Flickr

Joan of Arc sculpture, c.1874, by Emmanuel Frémiet, at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Joan of Arc sculpture, c.1874, by Emmanuel Frémiet, at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Copyrighted work published at PhilTowle.com, republished with permission.

Photo (cc) pwbaker at Flickr

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