2020 Word of the Year

ac·count·a·bil·i·ty/əˌkoun(t)əˈbilədē/Learn to pronouncenoun

  1. the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.”their lack of accountability has corroded public respect”

So much is being said without any wisdom being spoken. The moment we started accepting the notion that things are more valuable than people we started the slow process of devaluing the things that make people worthy. When we started noticing more about what a person appears to be from the outside but not holding them accountable for what they are manifesting from the inside, we slowly started to erode the sustainable foundations that hold people accountable.

Everyone involved in anything that is public related should come from a place of accountability. When we start to allow people to misuse their power and control we are accepting it by idly standing by. When we are amongst a person that is being discriminated against and mistreated we are accepting the behaviors as our own. When an environment is created that causes people in working groups to look nervously over shoulders to ensure that they are not caught being informed of injustices for fear of repercussions we have failed to hold someone accountable.

There is a pattern here and what it boils down to is this: Hurt people, hurt people. Once this pattern is allowed to take hold it can take generations to stop and more generations to heal it. Our own government has been wrapped up in this cycle since it has allowed corporations to be seen as people and people to be seen as commodities.

We have people in positions that are not capable of functioning in a neutral capacity that is capable of maintaining an equal balance. The trickle effects start to roll into all positions within an agency or organization. People that are being afflicted attempt to address the issue they are met with resistance and nervousness by their co-workers and colleagues. The reason is that we no longer oil the squeaky wheel, we replace it. We no longer accept critiques we lack so much self-worth that we cannot handle being informed that we are not being professional. It becomes personal.

What can be done to achieve a healthier level of accountability is to be allowed to open up a conversation. The need for abusive, discriminatory and controlling behaviors in a professional setting to be called out and addressed immediately. For there to be immediate consequences. When a policy like protection for whistleblowers is violated it puts up a guard for all those that are supposed to be protected by it. We can only assume that other people are aware of the issues. That what we are told in a private party setting finds its way to the appropriate people. There is genuinely no way to identify an issue when the issue is targeting a specific person or persons without those people being put in the crosshairs.

We are at a time in history and evolution where you cannot know what you are saying is ignorant, outdated and discriminatory. An effort is being made to continue to allow behaviors that go against being a part of a republic and cohesive society. Therefore there have to be immediate and unrefutable changes.

We can do better. We must do better.