This morning I read this post on Qiuqiu’s blog, which left me with a heavy heart.
“Because money is a very.. odd thing.
Everyone loves it but everyone can misuse it. It can be a great power used by someone to help someone else but it can also be a great power used by someone to to degrade and destroy someone else.
…Helping people with money doesn’t mean giving them money and then sharing about it online, waiting for people to tell you what kind of a god-like person you are.”
She also writes about how the rich might use–I assume, lawsuits– to threaten the weaker party into silence. QUOTE:
“You might already know, for the past one year plus i’ve been going through a really bad time of my life…i decided to walk out of it and stop letting people pin me down with money. Scaring me into silence. Threatening me into retreat.
But after talking to many people who are in the same situations and after paying shitload of money to get my own legal advice from a top-notch team of lawyers, i realise that all these time, i was just too silly. Silly enough to walk into the trap of fear that they path out for me.”
After reading this, I felt very sad and sorry for Qiuqiu.
Assuming that “lawsuits” are indeed being mentioned, it is bound to be the weaker party having to sue the money-loaded, more powerful party.
Why is this so, and why is this so unfair?
It’s because the richer party only needs to threaten the weaker party into silence.
So lawsuits seldom result from the rich suing the weak. After all, with more money, the rich can get better lawyers, and obviously they would not give you unfavorable evidence against themselves.
Just look at the City Harvest case involving Roland Poon. In spite of Roland Poon being right and justified in his whistleblowing–QUOTE:
“He had no clear evidence to show for but he had to take a stand for what was right and what was — given his position then, he probably had no idea how big this issue was going to be — a matter that was soon to be of extreme public interest.
Nonetheless, he blew the whistle by putting his name down onto letters to the press, having written to various mainstream media outlets saying it was not ethical to mix secular matters and religion.
This was after his queries to the church leadership about how church funds were being used went unanswered.
He had at that time alleged that church funds were used to finance Sun Ho’s publicity campaigns and claimed then that he was encouraged to buy her music.
When the church threatened to sue Poon for his allegations, he retracted his statements and apologised to CHC.
In January 2003, Poon subsequently took out five apologies in The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao,Shin Min Daily News and The New Paper, to a tune of $33,372.06, that was paid for by an anonymous donor.”
Life is sometimes so…unfair, isn’t it?
Generally speaking, whenever you witness injustice or have something grossly unfair done against you by a rich party, you’d be threatened with defamation/ libel/ slander lawsuits even if you are speaking the truth. Unless you retract unfavourable statements–regardless of the truth–you’d be sued very badly.
And then it is up to you to prove that whatever you are saying is the verifiable truth. In short, the truth has to be indisputable in black and white. If not, you’re effectively screwed because most normal, trusting people don’t record important verbal conversations, nor have access to confidential internal information.
Then we are left to wonder, would there be karma? How can there not be karma? When you are slapped on your right cheek, would you turn the other?
After someone destroys your life like that, seriously–?
When you are so broken, would you stand back up with all your might and strength?
I don’t know the exact details of what happened to Qiuqiu, but really found comfort and solace in the way she came to a resolution:
“As for the people who shot me down, Thank you for your help in pulling me apart so i could fall to nothing and rebuild myself into something else.”
Qiuqiu is quite a strong lady. Meredith is blessed! 🙂
Hmm but having said that, there are many ways to retaliate in a dignified manner that would not result in you getting sued. It is only a matter of strategy. /grins.