CFN – On Facebook today there was a quote from Albert Einstein; “The World will not be destroyed by those that do evil; but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
We live in a conformist world. Where the Sixties was about confrontation today we shy from it.
Why? Well there’s always a price and ultimately the pay off usually isn’t there for person that buys supper.
It’s really not a winning proposition.
As some of our loyal viewers know being an independent in the town that I live in has a very risky nature. It’s clannish; gossipy, with gross conflicts of interest, and your TV show type characters who as one politician once shared with me; “Think they are more important than they really are.”
Of course this isn’t unique, but it is surprisingly brazen in Cornwall. And once a line is crossed it’s like the Hatfields and McCoys. Sorry or making good on things isn’t on the menu around here much either.
Now I’m one tough hombre. I can handle most of the sleazy tricks, and skull duggery from Interns being bullied to staff being poached; advertisers mailed out nasty notes; politicians blocking us from covering events. I get used to it. I laugh about and either walk around or through the nonsense, and it seems to work as our growth has never stopped.
In fact this month, which is almost over sees us with over 90,000 visits for the first time.
But what I forget, as I’m a flawed human like the rest of us on this gorgeous blue marble we live in; is that not everyone can handle that.
Cliques pressure people. Not every sponsor is brave or wants the grief. Not every intern or contractor is up to he abuse they may take. Comments like “we have to live here too” or “I have a business to run and can’t have people not hiring me….”
It’s sad. It’s life. And as Albert said above it’s why we all lose in the end.
When the bad guys win; even a small battle, we all lose. And the only way the bad guys lose is when they’re exposed. When a mighty light is shined on them. When their misdeeds, conflicts of interest, cronyism, sleazy side deals, and other cretinous behavior is exposed.
Today one small battle was lost.
As a great person once said to me;
The difference between Winners and Losers is how you deal with adversity.
The beautiful thing about this world is that the sun rises in the morning with new opportunities to make some magic and make the world a better place. I’m very proud of CFN; of what we’ve accomplished in and outside of the community.
I’m proud of all those that have contributed to it from our writers, to our sponsors, and mostly to you our viewers.
I will not stop as long as you are all there, and as we grow far and wide, and more people participate and share in what we all stand for, it softens the sting of minor setbacks and those that fall under the thumb of petty evil.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor
The Cornwall Free News