Word of the Week #190:

Connive

We can learn a lot about a person or a people by what they choose to allow.

Often—really, way too often—in life, we disagree with what our friends, colleagues, and even governments do, but we have to let it go because it is unfeasible not to.

Often, these are trivial, such as when a certain friend might mispronounce a certain word or a coworker may occasionally wear stinky shoes. It is not ideal, but it is tolerable, and letting this one thing go might be wiser.

However, there are times when these things are not trivial.

We may have a friend who routinely drives under the influence of alcohol, but he may be a good friend in most other regards.
The issue may not affect us directly, but can we allow it?

Our family business may exploit its employees, but it may be highly profitable and therefore good for us.
But can we allow it?

Our firm may help a man clean up his reputation after a slew of credible and appalling allegations of sexual misconduct, but the pay is good so we might as well do it.
But can we allow it?

Our government may disregard human and constitutional rights to oppress minorities and quash dissent, and I wouldn’t want to jeopardise my own comfortable life to fight them.
But can we allow it?

You cannot say, “I voted for Hitler because of his social welfare policies. I wasn’t really on board with the Holocaust and all. See, I’m a good guy.”

If you do not condemn it, you condone it.

You are part of the problem.

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Yashas Mahajan

Author of Arrkaya: Origins, now available online... Increasingly being referred to as The Writer Guy...

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