The Indifference Of People To Suffering

632 words - 3 pages

The indifference of people is to behave or act as if something, someone or some event

does not affect them or that they are somehow immune to it, or it does not apply to them,

their family, or anyone they know. Indifference is to be without compassion and without

sensitivity and not caring about or the denial of the suffering of others.

Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a response. Indifference is not a beginning; it is an end. And, therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor ­­ never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten. The political prisoner in his cell, the hungry children, the homeless refugees ­­ not to respond to their plight, not to relieve their solitude by offering them a spark of hope is to exile them from human memory. And in denying their humanity, we betray our own. (Elie Wiesel, The Perils of Indifference, American Rhetoric, 12 April 1999)

The indifference to the pain and suffering of others is a continuing theme of reflection

and comment. One of the effects of indifference is creating the needless suffering of others.

If people would stop their indifference, they would be, by compassion, be appalled, incensed

and incited into action to stop and prevent suffering.

I think of the poor, the hungry and the homeless right here in America, and my work

at the Topeka Rescue Mission. People helping people, literally faith with its sleeves rolled up.

It is a beautiful and natural act. Helping one another. Then, I think of the politics and the

blame game of why there are poor, homeless and hungry. It makes my head hurt, that they

actually spend money and time and pretending to address the issues, yet literally end up

creating more of what they are trying to reduce.

Another sad effect of indifference is the encouragement of dehumanization.

The act of not...

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