So recently there has been a comment by a random passerby (not a customer) that Tiny Tapir has been involved in some drama in the past.
What with the Envirosax drama, and previously there was a misunderstanding with a customer in the early days (we’ve since made up – you know who you are!), plus the blog about cheap v.s. expensive diapers, I suppose we have had a bit of drama on the blog.
But in hindsight, I really would not have done anything different in the past.
When a person has an opinion, or a moral standing, when they see something not quite right, yes, you can choose to ignore it and walk on. You can bitch and bitch about it in the background with other parties but say nothing about it publicly, and actually DO nothing about it for fear of repurcussions to yourself. You can continue to let other people be misinformed.
Maybe people will say I am kay-poh or arrogant or jealous for saying what I honestly think and putting out information I feel is more accurate.
But if I were not the kind of person to say what I thought and who feels strongly about injustice or wrong-doing, then I would not have started Tiny Tapir.
Tiny Tapir was started out of a desire to provide an avenue to promote small businesses over large ones, out of a desire to deal with issues I feel strongly about (poverty, the environment, our health, fair labor practices and the increasing homogenous commoditization of products everywhere). If I were the kind of person to feel strongly about those issues, isn’t it natural that I would feel strongly about other issues too?
When I think of whether to say something (that I know might generate drama), I always come back to the same few quotes :
“Injustice is relatively easy to bear. What stings is justice.” – Henry Louis Mencke
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
Perhaps though, I need to remember the following more often instead :
“Maturity is : the ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even” – Abigail Van Buren
And focus on bigger issues instead.