On the front page of the Seattle Times this morning is the headline, EX-CIA WORKER SAYS HE LEAKED SURVEILLANCE DATA." This young man has great courage to stand up against what is wrong and what is happening. His courage should be admired and he should be protected. When things are really wrong and someone stands up against it, they must be applauded.
Edward Showden, a tech specialist for the NSA, which I believe is in Utah has courage and a conscience. Interesting that Utah is almost exclusively Mormon.
Interesting when you look at the June 2013 issue of Psychology Today article, "Confessions of a Sociopath," written by a Mormon attorney who states that "recent estimates that one in every 25 people is a sociopath," and that "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a sociopath's dream. Mormons believe that everyone has the potential to be godlike." Are all Mormons like this who don't care what they do and operate without a conscience? Of course, not. There are many nice and good people who are Mormons. But I do remember my husband talking about one Mormon attorney in Corvallis who regularly bragged on Sunday about getting criminals off who were guilty.
Sociopaths are the bullies of the world. Those who hit, who cause harm, who lie, who manipulate, and who just plain don't care how their behavior effects others.
Also interesting that in the last six months, a Comcast/XFinity technical support person told me that the flat screen televisions and computers with Skype capability can also be used for surveillance.
Is this the kind of world we want?
There is so much in the world that we can't do anything about or control. I believe strongly that all a person can do is to be the best person they can be, treat others with kindness, be nice, work hard at projects important to you, and to live an authentic life making sure that your values are in line with your actions.