Some people have to go through great tribulation or means in order to become a target of public ridicule. Some people have to change their gender after hitting someone with their car. Others decide to live life as a gay man after being caught molesting children.
This story, however, is about a woman who could not get enough ridicule. No matter what she did, and no matter how much the public disliked her, she wanted more. She would do anything to get as much ridicule as she possibly could. She wanted her credibility to be the lowest on the entire planet. So, she persisted.
Though she didn’t want to, she defended a rapist in a case in the beginning of her career as a lawyer. The man had raped a little girl, and the woman did not want to defend this man. She was, however, told doing it would mean she had a career. Not doing it would mean the end of her career. She knew that she would be considered a patsy, and weak, and those in power would know that they could use her for whatever they wanted, but she persisted. The rapist won the case, and the little girl’s life was destroyed. The woman, years later, would laugh about it.
Her husband was embroiled in a case in which he, while wielding great amount of power, used it to sexually assault the people working underneath him. She could probably stop him, but that would mean being one of the good guys. She couldn’t have that! She knew she would lose credibility, and would be mocked, nevertheless, she persisted. He was removed from his job, and the two of them created a mafia.
An earthquake destroyed an island! Many people were hurt, and many buildings were destroyed. By this time, the woman and her husband had more than enough money to help these people out, and their mafia had embezzled enough funds to make sure that the island could be back at full capacity immediately. She could easily solve their problems. Nevertheless, she persisted. Setting up fundraisers, and skimming the money off the top, they left the island destitute. Their mafia was becoming known for destroying lives.
A chance to become president! Who wouldn’t want that? Everybody wants to be president. Well, decent people don’t want to be president, but they do it because they know nobody else will do it properly. This woman, however, would absolutely not do it properly. It was certainly going to be another vehicle for her mafia to grow in influence.
She swore at her bodyguards. She fell down stairs. She was thrown into a van like a side of beef. Nevertheless, she persisted. She simply could not allow her credibility to grow.
After her presidential bid was lost, she noticed that her credibility wasn’t as low as she wanted it to be. She began to wear a back brace, clumsily hiding it under ill fitting clothing so people would know it was there, but they would also know she was hiding it.
She fell down some stairs. She broke her ankle and her wrist.
Still, universities kept inviting her to speak. They kept treating her like a credible source of information and influence. Nevertheless, she persisted.
“Finally! At last!” she said, “the New York Post has begun speaking ill of me!”
She had finally destroyed her credibility to the point that even her most staunch and long-standing allies were turning against her.
All because she persisted.