Elie Wiesel's The Perils Of Indifference?

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Register to read the introduction… In any case, avoiding the beggar was the dumbest decision the man could have made. The beggar undoubtedly noticed the man’s behavior and probably felt lonely and abandoned because of it. More so than he usually does, that is. The indifference of man, which he so easily brushed aside for the sake of his own convenience, could very well end up costing the beggar his eternal salvation.

Etymologically, the word means "no difference". A strange and unatural state in which the lines blur between light and darkness, dusk and dawn, crime and punishment, cruelty and compassion, good and evil. Elie Wiesel (The perils of Indifference, Speech at the Whitehouse, 1999)

Elie's words, every time I read them, it sends chills throughout my body. It stops the air in my lungs. Because of what had happened, and that we today still allow it to happen. I want to tell Elie, that we did not forget, that we learned. But this is not true, not even a little bit. Recently, I had read a plethora of response of and to indifference. In that, some of the egotistical believe that suffering of others is a sacrifice of some for the good of others, so that others will prosper…a SACRIFICE? Indifference is pure evil.

The Pope recently commented, “the globalization of indifference makes
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The results will shock you. There is nothing domestic about murder. Yet, it remains hidden, society remains indifferent.
Even when the CDC issued a report in 2012 confirming that yes, the leading cause of death to pregnant women is homicide committed in the context of domestic violence.
(CDC Report 2012)

Even the World Health Organization recently declared “Violence against women: as global health problem of epidemic proportions”, in its June 2013 reporting data shows that violence against women is extremely common. Further stating: “These findings send a powerful message that violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions,” said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO. “We also see that the world’s health systems can and must do more for women who experience violence.” Still, we remain indifferent. It is not getting better, only worse.

Indifference here, there, and where there is none, it is created so we continue on and on. After all indifference does not just stop with one, or happen only one time. It starts with one indifference then indifference to indifference. Indifference is the dehumanization or devaluing of human
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In fact if it were not for indifference, in my opinion, there would have never been a war. Although the United States did step in in the end to finally end the war, the U.S. its self has the blood of indifference on her cheek as well.

The SS St. Louis containing thousands of refugees from the concentration camps, who had miraculously obtained legal visas to leave the camps, and with papers in hand, first being denied by Cuba, then while docked on U.S. soil, their desperate pleas to spare their lives was met with indifference, and they were sent back to
Germany. Systematically, one country after another took the indifference cues from the
U.S. causing not only the deaths of those on the ship, but a far more reaching effect worldwide. The U.S.’s action catapulted a worldwide message to others, that the Jews were sub human and not worthy to be protected or to defend. The consequences began, following the next few years with the extermination of mass millions of the

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