The Perils Of Indifference In My Life In The Holocaust

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“Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.” This quote is from Eliezer Wiesel, the author of the memoir Night, which is the story of his time in concentration camps during the Holocaust. The Holocaust was during the 1940’s, in Germany. It’s hard to say Wiesel was lucky to live through this horrible period, as it’s more of how we are lucky that he survived, so we could experience the Holocaust through his eyes reading Night. The main point of this speech will be talking about humanity's plague, indifference. But what does that mean? What are some examples? What are the effects? How do I see indifference in my life? What can we do now? And finally, the most important question, can we ever get rid of it? Indifference is easy to explain if you just scratch the surface of it. But when you get down deeper, it can be scary and terrifying to imagine how much indifference occurs, and always will. The dictionary definition is “no difference”, but as Elie Wiesel stated in his speech, “Perils of Indifference,” “It is a strange and unnatural state in which the lines blur between light and darkness, dusk and dawn, crime and punishment, cruelty and compassion, and good and evil.” At first, it’s a simple …show more content…
The real question is, can you ever get rid of indifference? Or is it something you can never escape, something trailing behind your every move, ready to strike? Elie said, “Indifference is not a beginning, it is an end.” In a way, this quote talks about this useless way of thinking as something you can’t get past. The more you have it, supposedly, the more you will continue to have it in your life, to the point of making it one of your virtues. And when you have indifference as one of your virtues, your life becomes meaningless. You are, to put it in an oxymoron, the living dead. The act of indifference is an act of nothing but a punishment, a sin, a little voice you gave

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