Managing Dishonesty: Notes from an Advocate

A person’s ability to lie is certainly equaled by a company or government’s ability to lie. The question is, how do you manage the dishonesty. My answer? Expose it.

I recently had a series of email exchanges with someone who heads up a healthcare company that provides services to people who live with disabilities, brain injuries to be specific. Some of this person’s assertions were so blatantly dishonest they reminded me of the Richard Pryor line ,when his wife catches him in bed with another woman, You gonna believe me or your lying eyes.

One thing that is critically important is to not allow the dishonesty of a particular healthcare provider to blind you to the fact there are healthcare providers that are truly spectacular.

I am too far down the road of life to be astonished or surprised or thrown by the arrogance of people. Still, there are times I’ve seen some of the arrogant spin such lines of bullshit I want to tap them on the shoulder and ask, Do really think anyone believes your bullshit? Tragically, some do. Which brings me to something H.L. Mencken said: “"No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby."

All of us contribute to the bloodstream of our society. What we contribute either adds to or subtracts from the health and welfare of the world we live in. There is, I believe, no such thing, as a neutral contribution, you either tip the scales one way or the other.

As for underestimating the intelligence of people. While far too often Mencken’s quote applies, there are times it doesn’t. And when it doesn’t, people get voted out of office, arrogant bureaucrats find themselves on the unemployment line, and healthcare providers who have their heads up the ass of arrogance find themselves out of business.