Although most people think of the Holocaust when it comes to genocides, there are many other acts of genocide that have not been as recognized. Genocide is killing people based on their race. It is important to be aware of genocide so it can be stopped and prevented. Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor, who wrote stories based on his experiences and received a Nobel Peace prize. Elie Wiesel stated in his speech that when it comes to injustice, indifference is the greatest danger of all.
Indifference is destructive and inhumane Indifference is defined by Elie Wiesel as lacking empathy or keeping silent while there is discrimination (Anthony, n.d.). He continues to say that indifference is a friend of the enemy because it benefits the aggressor and then disfavors the victims as they feel forgotten. There are two seemingly different speeches, one by Elie Wiesel a survivor of the Holocaust and another by Susan. B Anthony who spoke for women’s right, straight out a theme that the attitude of indifference is destructive and inhumane.
Racism, prejudice, and bias are all manifestations of hatred that have been present within the world for a significant amount of time. This has been discussed and explained in literature, media, and many other forms. When it comes to this hatred we often do not do much to stop it or lessen its presence within the world, we rather feed it and watch as it grows ever more present. Some people will push this off to the side and dismiss it as if it is fine and we should not or can not do anything about it. This is often because hatred can be difficult to overcome due to the many different barriers between us and those who are different than us.
Indifference is “unnatural.” Indifference is a “blurred line between light and dark.” Indifference is “tempting.” Indifference is “dangerous.” Indifference is “careless”.
I both agree and disagree with Nenia Campbell’s statement. “We always vilify with what we don’t understand” (Nenia Campbell). The part in the statement that I do not agree with is the word ‘always’. I do agree that we often vilify what we do not understand, but not always. Take for example a soldier.
Dudley Randall: “Ballad of Birmingham” The poem “Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall represents a devastating event. The event takes place in the times of racism. The ballad was published in 1965.
Disadvantageous aspects of human nature unceasingly grow as bigotry increases; thus, dismally impacting mankind as a result. For instance, society becomes controversial in Shakespeare’s Othello when the destructive Iago formulates a plan to entangle almost everyone in the play; naturally, utilizing resources such as ignorance and bewilderment to carry out what he intends. In another event, Sarah Koenig’s Serial podcast portrays society as a system of criminal injustice and biased assumptions when the star of the series, Adnan Syed, becomes convicted of a crime without solid evidence; likewise, in Plato’s “Allegory of the Den,” the prisoners rest chained to their own ignorance with the same unadaptability as those subject to society’s everlasting
In order to ensure that an event similar to the Holocaust does not happen again as a nation we need to be aware. For starters we need to know our history; how and why the Holocaust took place. I think we also need to take a lot at other mass genocides/ethnic cleansings (Rwandan genocide, ethic cleansings in Bosnia, as well as the genocide committed against Native Americans on U.S. soil.) In generally we need to try to more excepting towards those who are different then us. The Holocaust happened because people were led to believe that Jewish people were horrid and to blame for Germany’s poor economic condition.
“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” (Duhigg 2012) The compelling excerpt above is taken from the book, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, Published by Gugigg himself, a Pultizer-prize winning author in 2012, it spent over 120 weeks on multiple New York Times bestseller lists. The book offers a masterfully crafted synthesis of scientific research with the author’s personal experiences and ideas, eloquently demonstrating the importance of habit daily while offering insights on making positive amends to achieve success in our businesses and personal lives. The Power of Habit offers it readers a diverse range of illustrations; ranging from the impactful milestone of Alcoholics Anonymous contributing
As an educator, I am frustrated by a perpetual attitude of apathy. Elie Wisiel called it indifference. He said, “The opposite of life is not death but the indifference between life and death.” In my classroom, it equates to apathy.
Thesis: To Kill a Mockingbird shows that racism controls people’s lives in a way that makes people think negatively. In the current world, that same topic has an influence in areas like politics while creating more social issues impacting the world to which is undesirable for the future. With what is present in the book, many of the characters are controlled by the actions and words that reside with racism affecting their conscience to react negatively. This certain behavior can be seen through the trial of Tom Robinson while interviewing with Mayella Ewell. Mayella claims to the court that Tom “took advantage of [her]” even though she knows the truth while defending herself by stating that it was Tom (251).