The Confidentiality of 7th Graders
Confidentiality is important in many situations. Priests, physicians, lawyers, counselors and others are required by law to protect confidential information.
Some friends can be trusted to keep things confidential if you ask them to do so.
Others cannot be trusted to keep their mouths shut about private information.
Some seventh grade girls are known for being gossipy under the pretense of letting another know something negative that someone said.
“Guess what Amy said about you? She said that you look gross with all those zits and that is why she is not inviting you to her party. I thought you would want to know why you are not invited.” Some friend. The helpful conveyor of hurtful information.
Recently, at a private meeting, someone, perhaps a seventh grader, heard President Trump refer to some countries as “sh!thole countries.” Apparently, the conveyor of this uncomplimentary term wanted those countries to know what was being said about them even if it caused hurt feelings. The private meeting was not all that private. For the good of our nation and our relationship with those nations, “someone” chose to publicize that phrase.
Now, in order to embarrass the President and the poor nations about which he might have been referring, we have an international crisis that could result in a number of countries refusing American aid.