March 4, 2013
Indifference or Immoral?
How often have you walked by a person ringing a bell for the Salvation Army without even taking a second look? Many people choose to be indifferent to certain situations on a day-to-day basis without realizing it. Whether you ignore a homeless person begging for food or simply walk by a person collecting change for the Salvation Army, you are being somewhat indifferent. To be indifferent means you have no feelings or emotion towards a certain subject at all. When it comes to indifference, the negative outcomes heavily outweigh the positive outcomes. By choosing to be indifferent to a situation some people believe that they are not doing anything wrong. In certain ways that can be true, but by them being indifferent, they are certainly not doing anything for the better.
By having no emotion to the situation at hand people believe they are doing nothing wrong. In reality they are being heartless which in turn means they are being wrong. By being indifferent you are much more of a threat, you do not have a care, therefor you are able to be heartless in so many ways. Elie Weisel describes indifference as, “A strange unnatural state in which lines blur between light and darkness, dusk and dawn, crime and punishment, cruelty and compassion, good and evil”(290-291) in his essay “The Perils of Indifference.” Weisel shares the same views as I do when dealing with indifference. It can be very dangerous since there is no good or evil only apathy. People that argue indifference can cause no harm clearly do not realize how many situations indifference influences.
Indifference played a key role in the take down of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, in New York City, New York. The members of the Taliban were required to be indifferent in order to “honor” their country. The fact they had no feeling towards the events that were about to unfold made them much more dangerous...
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