November 19, 2010
Albert Einstein, the genius of his era, once said, “The world is too dangerous to live in ---not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who sit and let it happen.” I couldn’t agree more with this famous quote from such a strongly respected icon because history has shown how people get a flight or fight emotion. It is human nature is to think about how a situation will effect oneself before helping others.
The non-fiction novel Night, which is Elie Wiesels account of the Holocaust, provides many examples of evil being allowed to run rampant. An excellent example is the malnourishment of the prisoners. As a result of near starvation, guards would often throw food at the prisoners just to see them fight for their own amusement. The prisoners would often bite and even kill each other to get the ...view middle of the document...
The citizens of neighboring countries stood aside and let the killings happen out of fear that the violence would spill into their country. Saddam Hussein’s attempt of ethnic cleansing in Iraq is another good example of people letting evil flourish. Saddam viewed ethnic Kurds as a long-term threat to Iraq’s survival and the oppression and extermination of the Kurds was one of his administrations highest priorities. In a single act, Hussein ordered the slaughtering of 148 Shiite‘s. No one tried to step in and stop the massacre that took place. Jesus’ crucifixion is another example of how people just stand by and let evil happen. Jesus was tortured and forced to walk through the town carrying the cross while soldiers beat him. Not only did people stand by and watch, but many also joined in the torturing. History has proven that people still stand by and watch crimes happen every day knowing it’s the wrong thing to do and it still occurs in society today.
There is evidence that evil is still happening today. Recently a journalist arranged an interview with Pablo Acosta, a drug lord responsible for shipping tons of cocaine into the United States. As a result, the Mexican journalist was killed by Cartel gangsters. None of the Mexican authorities had the courage to even investigate this crime out of fear for their own well being. Additionally, Hugo Chavez has expropriated dozens of privately owned companies since he took office in 1999. Despite his extreme prejudice towards America and capitalism, the people of Venezuela still elect him to be in office out of fear. Citizens of this country have given a dangerous man a lot of power. Obviously, evil continues to strive while people sit and watch.
History repeats itself. Most people are scared to stand up and do something about evil today because they fear for their own well being. Thomas Hardy said, “A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.” I could not agree more.