Saturday evening I was driving my brand new, just off the line, RV trailer – through the blinding rain, swaying dangerously, living my white knuckled newest adventure. My youngest accompanied his worried mother north – and in an effort to calm and sooth her nerves and fears, he played a Ted Talk. This particular Ted Talk was about ‘Courage’.
The main story of the pod cast was about a woman who stumbled upon a truth. A truth that was dangerous, Unjust, Avoidable. She SAW it. And it scared her. So she spoke up. Not because she was brave, or courageous particularly. Just because she saw the truth, and KNEW that others couldn’t see it – even as it took their lives, and the lives of family and friends.
They CHOSE ‘Willful Blindness’.
What makes people choose willful blindness? I’m not sure. Trust in others, feelings of inadequacy, complacency, ignorance?
In Libby Montana a woman named Gayla Benefield discovered that the local mine was causing lung cancer. Not just to the miners, but to the miners families, friends, communities, and even neighboring towns. Gayla discovered this and started telling everyone she knew. Guess what?
They didn’t believe her.
But she wouldn’t stop. She told everyone who would listen, over and over, what she had found, actual proof that the mine was dangerous and causing an 80% above national standards mortality rate! She so annoyed them that they actually created a bumper sticker that read
‘I am from Libby, Montana and I don’t have asbestosis’.
But they did. They all did. It took one woman screaming the truth to open the eyes of the whole nation to the dangers of asbestos.
There is a new news report out about the latest illegal proactive ICAC sting. This sting, just like the one that ensnared Jace, captured many young men. When reading the comments, at the end of the report, there was outcry to ‘castate them all’, ‘throw away the key’, congratulations and appreciation sent to the dedicated police who put their lives on the line to keep the citizens safe.
When I replied with the truth about these stings they said they didn’t care how the police caught the men. They actually said that – they don’t care what tactics were used.
How do you open the eyes of a nation who doesn’t care?