Perils Of Indifference

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Is it possible for human rights to be actualized for everyone? Can there be true equality? Is it feasible to believe everyone can have all 30 human rights? No, it’s impossible for Human Rights to be actualized for all people. There will always be people who crave power and will violate any human rights to obtain it and people who wouldn’t attempt to stop them. In Perils of Indifference, by Elie Wiesel, he states, “These failures have cast a shadow over humanity: two World Wars, countless civil wars, the senseless chain of assassinations (Gandhi, the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, Sadat, Rabin), blood bathes in Cambodia and Algeria, India and Pakistan…And, on a whole new level, of course, Auschwitz and Treblinka” (16-20). Initially, it may…show more content…
Those people argue that since the end of the Nazi regime humanity has improved its self and as a whole is better than ever. In Elie Wiesel’s The Perils of Indifference, he states, “I am grateful to you…Mrs. Clinton, for what you said, and for what you are doing for children in the world, for the homeless, for the victims of injustice, the victims of destiny and society” (10-12). This reveals that there are people who are helping those in need in today’s time, that there are good people in this world. Those people might not be having the affect you’d think. Yes, the quality of life for many people has been improved but humanity may yet be worse than ever. One definition of insanity is “something utterly foolish or unreasonable”. According to,” There are an estimated 40.3 million people in modern slavery… 10 million children and 4.8 million being sexually exploited”. Keep in mind between the 16th- 19th century there was 13 million slaves bought and traded worldwide. Elie Wiesel, in The Perils of Indifference said,” Etymologically, the word means “no difference” A strange and unnatural state in which the lines blur between light and darkness, dusk and dawn, crime and punishment, cruelty and compassion, good and evil” (22-24). Americans have been indifferent towards the pain, the suffering, the anguish of these millions of people around the world. That is insanity. How can humanity
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