The Dangers of Willful Blindness

The masses prefer to ignore reality and ordinary people can courageously speak up and become heroes.

Gayla Benefield was just doing her job – until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know. In a talk that’s part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up.

Comments (2)

(2) Anonymous, April 12, 2018 12:06 PM

Being liked vs. being respected

You may not always be liked for speaking up the way this woman did, and that is okay. However, you will ultimately be respected as she was.

(1) Meir Stone, July 1, 2015 8:39 PM

The Iraq War

I just want to point out that the Iraq War is something good people can disagree on , without being blind


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