(No, I’m not talking about that little golden ball that wizards chase around). But would you blow the whistle, when you witness or heard someone you know… does something that might be considered as wrong.
Ever since we were young, teachers always preach that we must always speak up when we see someone does something “bad”. But a Snitch never has a good reputation. Even kids don’t like friends who tattletale.
If you witness a friend cheats in the exam, would you tell the Professor about this, while knowing that he/she might face a serious consequence?
If you know for a fact that your friends are engaging in business practices that has questionable ethical implications, would you reveal this case to the media or police?
If you know someone (e.g. a competitor) in the industry doing something shady, would you then blow the whistle?
You must always speak up and do the right thing, they say.
But whistle blowers are often faced with status degradation and shamed by the people around them. Because let’s face it, being a Snitch (for whatever reasons, be it for good intentions or not), will always stir up drama. And thus, for most of the time, we really couldn’t be bothered.
Psst. It’s our secret, okay.
Sometimes, we feel “privileged” when we were let out on a secret, and keeping “a secret” together could give a sense of camaraderie between people. Therefore, we are less motivated to whistle blow on others – especially if we are not put into a direct disadvantage when we did not whistle blow – because it could potentially destroy this sense of camaraderie.
So would you do it? Would you “betray” someone you know by exposing certain things to bring out “justice”? Or would you practice double standard, by only doing so when it’s your competitor (instead of friends) in question.
Still, what is justice? What is considered as right by one side, is considered as wrong by the other – and vice versa.
For example… if you tattletale on a friend, the crowd might applause you, but you are condemned by your group of friends. But staying quiet might also be considered as wrong by society’s standard (who proclaims that you have to speak up for a better world)… Huh.
This post is not a rhetoric question. I honestly am curious what you think.
So… would you be a Snitch?