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Blessed are the pure in heart

We don't have to worry about what they're thinking

A few years ago, my friend Diana faced a dilemma. Hired to teach at a church-affiliated school, she soon grew troubled by the way authorities ran things. Important decisions were made without consulting those affected. Complex situations were handled arbitrarily and simplistically. Rumor and innuendo ran rampant. Anyone who questioned decisions or the process by which they were made was suspect.

Diana quickly became suspect. Although a gentle person with a lively sense of humor, she did not hesitate to speak out against abuses of authority. She was ostracized and threatened. Eventually, her job was "eliminated."


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