Wednesday, May 30, 2012


The World is a Dangerous Place, not because those who do evil, but because of those who  look and do nothing.
-- Albert Einstein

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
-- Martin Luther King

"The path to Auschwitz was paved with indifference."
-- Ian Kershaw

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke

There is one thing that I could say positively about monsters like religious radicals/fanatics, communists, Adolf Hitler, etc.

They are not indiffirent to the injustice in this world. They may be misguided, irrational, deranged, etc. but they always care in their own twisted way.

On the other side, I am flabbergasted by so many people who lack the moral and/or physical courage to stand for something. Many of these people say "this is none of my business" or "I have a family to feed."They conciously train themselves to be an indiffirent person. For example, at most, only around 30% Germans were actively supported the Nazi, therefore the Nazis were the minority. They managed to reign over Germany because most Germans were "The silent majority." Exceptions were the communists. They actively opposed the Nazi, because of their own twisted ideology, but still, they were the most vocal opponent of the Nazi. Unfortunately, others didn't take them seriously.  

There is a famous poem from pastor Martin Niemöller for the reason why indiffirence could be deadly.:
"First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
there was no one left to speak out for me."
The emphasis in the last phrase is mine.

Sadly, there will be many who try to kid themselves by thinking "They won't come for me." Here comes the tricky part: they could come for you for something that you never guess before. Those maniacs hatred is always irrational. You can hardly guess something irrational. Oh yeah, sometimes people think you are something that you are not.

For example: the Nazi prosecutes the Jews openly, but do you know that they make clear definition of "Jews" that also discriminate a person with 1/8 and 1/16 Jewish blood? What about the Soeharto's coup in Indonesia in 1966? He targeted the communist, but do you know that many non-communists Indonesians were also killed because some personal enemies of them accused them as communist supporters?

Another problem for indifferent people: when FINALLY someone come for the monsters that someone can mistook you for them. For example, when the Russian and the Allied army came to get the Nazis, many Germans were killed, regardless their political affiliation or indifference. Even if they never come for them physically, you could got some problem. For example, when the religious "moderates" keep quiet after the fanatics cause some troubles, the whole religion was viewed negatively by outsiders, the moderates were implied to be the same stock with the fanatics.

So, still interested in becoming "The silent majority"? Still interested to be indifferent in front of injustice? 

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