Neutral Evil: The Problem With Refusing To Decide

Some ideas are powerful in human history, and keep coming up from people with very different belief systems in very different times and places:

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”

Elie Wiesel, Night

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that…

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5 responses to “Neutral Evil: The Problem With Refusing To Decide

  1. Amen! I am a fan of Jackson Katz work and he encourages men to look at “women’s issues” as men’s issues and to get involved. Violence aganst women, children, and other men is usually committed at the hands of men. He asks, “What is wrong with men and not what is wrong with her?”

    There’s a link to his great TED Talk if you haven’t seen it.

    I’m a community college instructor, and I love all my students–male and female, but I believe part of my mission is teaching people how to make our world safer.

    https://triciabarkernde.com/2016/07/06/loving-feminist/

    • Good for you! I used to be a cc instructor, too.

      Thanks for sharing the link & thanks for your comment.

    • I just read your blog posts, and I’m both horrified and inspired by your journey. I’m so sorry he did that to you. I’m very interested in reading more about you, your NDE, and your story of survival.

      Thank you again for posting.

      May we both find peace.

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