Rhetorical Analysis Of Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein once said, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Einstein is implying by this statement, in a more fundamental state, “criminals are not at fault for their crimes.” This is, of course, incorrect; one cannot use a bystander as a scapegoat. However, what did he mean by his statement? Is his quote to be taken literally, where onlookers to crimes are more guilty, or rather as a metaphor, simply implying the observers’ faults? His statement is superficially untrue, but multiple perspectives can offer numerous explanations of what he meant. From a literal standpoint, Einstein is most certainly inaccurate. Hypothetically, if a woman breaks into a home and pilfers valuables, and a man on his late-night commute observes her loading the objects into her escape vehicle, is he at fault? There are multiple standpoints: if one believes “yes, he is,” he is possibly correct, for the man could have easily called emergency services to report suspicious activity; if one states “no, he is not,” he could also be correct, because the man could have presumed the woman was preparing for her moving into a new household. The verdict of the man relies on the individual happening as well as his thoughts and actions. To address the…show more content…
If a person notices wrong-doing, it must be in conditions where the criminal could be easily observed, such as daylight or in an open area. If neither one of these standards is reached, the misconduct most probably will occur unseen, and there will be fewer witnesses involved in the action’s being stopped. Any person who does still see the perpetrator can easily and discreetly stop him by giving a description from a safe distance. One can end evils by doing so little
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