The Indifference of People to Suffering Essay

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Indifference is perhaps the greatest tragedy of our modern era. It’s everywhere.
Like a cancer, it has grown slowly yet steadily and we have now reached a point where
it has become the norm. Indeed, the spirit of indifference. We have even become
"indifferent" to indifference itself.

The cruelty and non-emotional detachment of the” indifferent”, and their
indifference to the suffering of others are as varied as are many. Such as, ignorance,
fear, profit, power, control and dominance. The indifference of people to the pain,
suffering, torture and the murder of others, is a continuing theme of human tragedy. It is
humanity’s, inhumanity to humanity. It has existed since the beginning of humankind,
and it continues in full force in
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There’s nothing I can do to help him and I don’t want him to press me for money.”

This man is guilty of indifference toward the suffering of his fellow man. He could
easily have offered the beggar some food or a place to stay, or at least he could have offered him a friendly look or greeting. 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…

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