Emotions are running very high right now after the death of Dr. Li Wenliang, who warned China early on of the coronavirus, and was "reprimanded for rumor-mongering".
What happens when you silence a whistleblower?
What happens when you place unfair judgement onto a person who is deeply routed in doing the right thing? Who is deeply routed in saving the world?
What happens when you make a whistleblower sign a letter that states he was "making false comments" the health community needed to know about?
Well, this whistleblower paid the ultimate price, along with over 600 other people, and counting. He died from the very thing he desperately tried to prevent.
Many have died from the very thing Dr. Li Wenliang desperately tried to prevent.
And the anger online over his death, and ultimately all the deaths resulting from this virus, is felt on a global scale.
The number of deaths is horribly tragic. And could have been prevented. The chaos that is currently playing out in Wuhan, and other places with mass quarantines - cruise ship passengers are currently imprisoned for two weeks on a ship in Japan - is the trickle-down affect of what could have been prevented if a whistleblower wasn't told to shut up.
Now the world knows there was a whistleblower who dared to speak up for the public about a very serious issue.
What kind of message does the silencing of this whistleblower send to future whistleblowers who could also potentially speak up for the public good?
Well if the anger generated over Dr. Li Wenliang's silencing is anything to go by, future whistleblowers are likely going to be heard a little bit louder.
The younger generation is demanding freedom of speech and the right to speak up without fear of retribution.
The younger generation need to be whistleblowers. They will be the future's whistleblowers. There's no getting around the fact that they will be the ones who need to speak up about the next global issue.
And not just global issues, but local issues that affect the public and businesses.
Whistleblowers must not be censored for shedding light on misconduct, or fraud, or global health pandemics.