Archive for the ‘apathy’ Category

Tolerance becomes apathy because tolerance initself does not logically represent a positive virtue or goal

November 11, 2009

Tolerance becomes apathy because tolerance in itself does not logically represent a positive virtue or goal. So the tolerant society can easily decline into a society that cares nothing for its own sustenance and continuity. The fact that the democracies constantly seem to have a crisis in their schools is important — it is a symptom of a crucial uncertainty about what there is to teach, about whether there is anything to teach.

Bryan Appleyard, Understanding the Present, Pan, 1993, p.14

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The evil of apathy

August 31, 2009

(The Holocaust of the Jews) depended most of all upon the indifference of bystanders in every land.

Rabbi Hugo Gryn, in Holocaust, Martin Gilbert, 1987, p.18

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Pastor Martin Niemöller


All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing

attributed to Edmund Burke, although not known from his writings