One of the disadvantages of consumer survey-based bonuses and performance evaluations
. . . is that I am not free to speak my mind.
For example, I cannot tell a patient, no matter how much he may richly deserve it, that I cannot help him because in my particular specialty, we were not trained to treat assholes.
And when my evangelist patient tells me about an upcoming trip to the Dark Continent’s bush, “where some of them haven’t even heard of God,” I cannot supply the necessary correction: “They’ve undoubtedly heard of God. Several gods as a matter of fact. They simply haven’t heard about your god.”
Is it possible I am finally learning to hold my tongue?