An e-mail just went out at my work explaining that new cameras were installed and they absolutely were not going to be used for consrant surveillance of employees. To illustrate, they included screenshots of the camera angles: entryways, stock areas…with the last one pointing directly at the desk of the highest performer, the guy who makes more money for the company than the rest of us combined.
Those dedicated to the propagation of the organization itself at the expense of its original purpose will be strongly inclined to seek out and socially punish activities which serve that original purpose, because the greatest threat to their institutional power is the possibility that high performers will wield the prestige which naturally accrues to them as influence on behalf of the organization’s original purpose.
No short story I ever write will ever compare with the poignant daily realities of disingenuous people insulated from negative feedback by their hostility to prophets and other such “wreckers”. I wonder if every now and then, people pause between shovelfuls of baby parts and ask themselves whether it’s strictly necessary that they’re the good guys in this story. I’ll go to my grave wondering at what level people are aware they’re misrepresenting the truth and why they’re doing it.