Wiesel on Indifference
• Talks about him as a boy.
• Filled with gratitude for the American people for freeing him. • “Gratitude is what defines the humanity of the human being.” • Grateful to Mrs. Clinton for what she said, what she is doing for the children of the world, for the homeless and the victims of injustice and for the victims of density and society. • “What will the legacy of this vanishing century be? How will it be remembered in the new millennium? Surely it will be judged, and judged severely” • “So much violence; so much indifference.”
• “What is indifference? Etymologically, the word means "no difference." A strange and unnatural state in which the lines blur between light and darkness, dusk and dawn, crime and punishment, cruelty and compassion, good and evil.” • “Is it necessary at times to practice it simply to keep one's sanity, live normally, … as the world around us experiences harrowing upheavals? “ • Of course, indifference can be tempting, It is so much easier to look away from victims. • “Yet, for the person who is indifferent, his or her neighbor are of no consequence. And, therefore, their lives are meaningless. Their hidden or even visible anguish is of no interest. Indifference reduces the Other to an abstraction.” • Better an unjust God than an indifferent one.
• In a way, to be indifferent to that suffering is what makes the human being inhuman. • Indifference, after all, is more dangerous than anger and hatred. • Indifference, then, is not only a sin, it is a punishment. • And this is one of the most important lessons of this outgoing century's wide-ranging experiments in good and evil. • He talks about living in germany where there were 3 categories of people, the killers, the victims, and the bystanders. • “During the darkest of times in the ghettos and death-camps, we felt abandoned, forgotten. All of us did.” • He talks about them believing that...
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