Elie Wiesel Indifference

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Throughout human history, indifference has applied to several different situations. When people are indifferent towards an event, they acquire a lack of interest, and hardly any concern. These factors of indifference are seen within two main incidents; the Holocaust and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. A big theme from Wiesel’s speech is that indifference allows control by the enemy, and this causes danger. This can be see in three separate ways, in which the factors cause individuals to constantly ignore the occurrence, allow what is happening to produce danger, and it is evident that indifference can be make officials tenacious to their point of view. Unfortunate events occur often, and people either respond, or they ignore what is happening. Some might feel as if they are unable to help, causing them to pay no…show more content…
Wrapped in their torn blankets, they would sit or lie on the ground, staring vacantly into space, unaware of who or where they were, strangers to their surroundings” (Wiesel, 14-17). Despite the stereotypical indifference reaction of non victims watching the scene, the feelings of apathy among the injured party themselves generates unconsciousness of the situation. This is proved from the quote since the individuals became ghosts of themselves, and did not have the knowledge of what had completely happened. While guards, citizens, other countries, and more were aware of these prisoners, having indifference not only caused the latter to be uninvolved with the event, since the enemy has control over the circumstance, the victims felt the same way, as if they could not help, causing the unawareness. Authority can also cause the their own group of officials to grow uninvolved. With the Flint water crisis, this is shown when the article states, “the government acted in ways that contributed to the
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