Refreshed, renewed and envigoured after my two days of recrimination and penance I am back on track as Wooden Bridge’s only gobshite. One of my accusers during these hard days was someone who said and I quote “if you have nothing good to say about something, say nothing” and whilst I hope fervently that this is not the philosophy of the majority of people, it does explain some of the quirks in small town thinking.
The Bishops of Dublin and God knows what other diocese, took up this pithy quote years ago and they still adhere to its essence today with all its dramatic and awful results. The citizens of many parts of Poland and Germany thought this in World War 2 whilst Hitler was eliminating and allowing to rot to death millions of Jews, Gypsies and others not abiding by his Aryan misthinking. For some reason the hand rarely goes up to draw people’s and right minded authority’s attention to a thing that is not right before it is swiftly cut off. Therefore so called whistle blowers often spend years whistling and blowing and end up sometimes with no hands and no minds. So let us remember and congratulate these very few seekers after justice who have managed to come out the other side scathed or unscathed.
When Hitler’s evil ways were eventually discovered it was supposed to cauterise the minds of most of the world so that it would not happen again but unfortunately it did and very shortly afterwards and has continued to do ever since. We have to be on our guard at all times.
Hopefully when the Bishops misguided evil practice of favouring a malaised institution instead of the rights and lives of innocent children is considered and digested in the light of this Murphy Report and hopefully many other reports to come, this cancer within the Church can also be removed and it might and only might allow the organization to regain a little speck of humanity. This will be a slow and arduous trail and we are due for a good education over the next few years as the scale of this problem is appreciated.
This progress against the devil and all his pomps will only succeed if the brave few keep putting up their hands, it will never be done by people sitting on their big fat simian arses and saying “I see no evil, I speak no evil, I hear no evil.”
So let us ignore the person who tried to give me that advice and let each and every one of us start on a programme of education, designed to give us love, respect and gratitude for the people around us and let us engineer the organs of state and religion to do likewise.