Not hid

Melissa Ann Howell Schier
4 min readJan 26, 2024

What do I think about keeping things like mistakes, private? If someone has done something wrong, should they be allowed to keep it secret if they are a lawyer, or a congressman or a priest or a doctor or a pilot or a web-developer?
Recently I read where only some people who have done something wrong, and are receiving discipline (attorneys), want to make a law allowing them to keep those records cloaked.

The only reason for keeping something cloaked, appears to be to hide some wrongdoing. I believe in privacy but not privacy for just the elite.

When I threw my own computer on the ground in Colorado more than ten years ago, and got arrested for that, and put in jail over night, I was not able to keep those records sealed…even though they told me the records would be kept private.

I found out later they tell everyone that. It was not the truth. I was on probation for that mistake for a year…and it was not private information even though I have never had any kind of record in my entire life. I deserved privacy but I choose to be open because I want to improve myself.

My meetings with a counselor ordered by the court were also not private and were recorded… as there was a camera in the room. I do not agree with this non-arbitrary lack of privacy, but I am not a priest, an attorney, a judge or a politician…I am just a regular person. Privacy is not a luxury, just like liberty is not a luxury…it is a right as long as someone does not compromise other people with their behavior. My dad used to say that freedom does not give a person the right to yell fire in a crowded theater.

Freedom as the president does not give the right to allow a self destructive invasion into an independent nation.

I should not have thrown my computer or lost my temper but hey, computers can be really frustrating. I apologized to my computer and we are friends now. =) But in the meantime, even though it is embarrassing that I lost my temper and trashed my computer, I chose to own up to my mistakes. I think that owning up to mistakes is a sign of strength not weakness. And I think it is good to believe in forgiveness for mistakes if one is sorry for them and does not repeat them.

Public scrutiny of mistakes acts as a deterrent. I do not think that some people should be above scrutiny while others suffer public humiliation. That is just what I think. We should all be afforded privacy and not be at the mercy of constant monitoring... innocent until proven guilty. And once convicted, society can help heal problems in individuals employing openness and willingness for reform. But that reformation is a choice, and those who choose to continue to do evil, should not be hid.

The media, which acts as an expert witness in all news, tries and convicts people without a jury of their peers in a court of law, and those tactics should also not be above scrutiny. The money trail is pretty damning when it comes to who and what is scrutinized these days.

There is no power to be gained in cloaking evil because evil is a lie and the father of lies. There is power in the truth. The truth will indeed set us free. I wrote a book, Missfitbook and I had a whole website devoted to the book, missfitbook.com and another website, Citiflex.com but I wanted my identity to be cloaked...because as a girl, I thought it would be safer to be anonymous.

I realized however, that I did not want to publish that book after all and also that I did not want to ghost write anything I wanted to use my real name and trust God to guide and direct me. I am not afraid of the truth and I am proud of who I am and God is who told me to not publish the book and God is who is telling me to stop losing my temper. Probably great advice since it comes from God. I choose openness and honesty, but for each of us, it should be a choice and no one forced me to divulge my private life. Any of my character flaws can be kept private if I choose. But if I commit a crime, then my privacy is not guaranteed.

This is my randomly chosen bible verse today about some people being able to hide their mistakes while others are not able to hide …The bible is how God talks to us….btw.
2 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

I think that either we all get to have privacy or we all do not get to have privacy. Currently the criteria for losing of privacy is conviction for criminal behavior. But what happens when those who do criminal behavior are not investigated because they are high up leaders, or have money, or under the table deals and negotiations for self preservation?

I think we are not hid…no matter what we think. God sees all and his law is the ultimate law. And legally, neither republican nor democrat, nor president nor pauper, should be able to hide behind any law and cloak criminal behavior.

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Melissa Ann Howell Schier

HoustonWorkout on YouTube, mom of five, journalist and artist and conservative who values life.