Journey Into Darkness
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain
In the old days people started heartless rumours with a reasonable chance of avoiding accountability.
These days there’s a better chance a victim will find out.
What’s more, even your best friends might tell you …
Vicious intent, thoughtless action
It starts with an innocuous call … ‘I have to tell you something.’ The caller, air flow cut by a clenched diaphragm, pauses. ‘There’s an email circulating … eh … and you’re in it. You need to know.’
The mention of a name grabs the listener’s attention. ‘Him?’ A trickle of shock … ‘Why?’
‘Who knows. It’s reached Head Office, they think you ought to know …’
‘When things were sticky last year I helped him. I went out on a limb.’
‘We all know that. It didn’t stop him sending poisonous emails to other people.’
‘What’s the problem?’
‘He’s still raging, demented … he had a conversation with an old contact of yours who clearly doesn’t like you very much.’
‘Dislike happens in my line of work. Not often, but it happens.’
‘He’s blaming you and he’s spreading a bitter-man’s bile.’ …
Connected world, connected … everything
Sometimes you can’t avoid conflict. I know the person being attacked very well.
What advice would you share to help fix the problem? I’d welcome helpful thoughts.
© Mac Logan