A few weeks ago at work, an employee came into my office and spoke about a large meeting he was at. He explained to me that another employee brought up an issue that needed attention at the meeting and the response from supervisors and management was one of snickering and general trivialization of the issue. Considering this was a safety issue, it was hardly something to be trivialized.
This person went on to tell me that “Somebody should do something”. I hate hearing that phrase. It generally means that somebody ELSE should do something. A passing of the buck if you will. I asked if he spoke up at the meeting to support the speaker. He said “no”. I then asked him who this mysterious somebody is that should do something? Is it not our collectively responsibility to do something?
General apathy or waiting for someone else to pick up the torch is one of the great downfalls. We all claim indignant righteousness when we observe a wrong, but unless we try to play an active role in righting that wrong, our silence is an endorsement. That’s right’ silence is acceptance. By not getting involved, we endorse an errant behaviour. We give weight to the wrong by our inaction. In essence, we are part of the problem.
What is it about our society that makes it more attractive to bitch about an injustive than to try and prevent it or stop it? Are we so afraid of collateral damage or being ostracized by our peers? Your work place, community, and surroundings can only be made to be a better place by your involvement. Be part of a gentle revolution to introduce accountability into the world around you. I for one, will not ridicule you, I will celebrate your involvement. After all, sombedoy should do something. 🙂