This week

How Lunatic Leadership Promotes Lying

Plus…

Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness 

and

the Wednesday Whisper

Honestly Gov, The Mice Ate The Missing Marijuana

Eight police officers have been dismissed for blaming missing drugs on mice.

540kg (1,191lb) of marijuana went missing from a police warehouse in Pilar, north-west of Buenos Aires and the officers blamed mice for eating it. Forensic experts doubted mice would see the drugs as food, and would have probably died if they had eaten it. The case is to come in front of a judge.

We all know that punishment systems in hierarchical organisations reign down heavy on those that break the rules. The problem is that we also know that punishment hurts and our bodies naturally resist things that hurt. In fact we spend a long time training children to avoid the pain of being hurt; ‘don’t stick your fingers in the electrical sockets little Johnny, it will hurt etc etc’.

Now emotional pain can be as hard to take as physical pain so our whole being will want to resist it even to the point of making up ridiculous lies. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that accountability isn’t essential. It is. I am arguing that the threat of punishment causes more problems than it solves.

In this case, a protracted court case, forensic experts, defence lawyers, prosecutors and a whole dance just to conclude that mice couldn’t have eaten the marijuana followed by police officers out of work, possibly the loss of homes, families affected and so on. And, if the punishment systems worked surely the marijuana would not have gone missing in the first place because everyone would be so diligent and accountable no one would ever break the rules.

Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness

I’ve been thinking about lying. When do I lie? What does it achieve? It always come down to the same thing, lying is about avoidance so I decided to stop doing it.

The Wednesday Whisper

What lies have you told and got away with but still bother you? And what lies have you told that you were caught out for? Is it worth it?

 

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