The Problem with Indifference
“Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.” -Boondock Saints
This could probably be my favorite quote ever. It rings so true, no matter the time period. There may be evil in the world, but there is no way for us to defeat evil if people keep turning blind eyes to the trouble.
What do people say about rapists and pedophiles, traffickers and murders? That they’re rare, that they aren’t in my neighborhood, that their crimes couldn’t effect me. And yet we hear about it everyday. The victim is blamed. Surely they did something, because there is no way that just happens to the average person! No way that could happen to me!
And so, crime goes on because the general public is too afraid to even admit that evil is there. We become apathetic to the troubles of others, fearing the world outside of our volunteered ignorance.
But I’ll tell you something. If we all admitted that things were wrong, the majority of us would be in the fight against these evil people. We would quickly take charge of situations where someone was in danger. No longer would people stand by and watch, but they would get involved and save the victim.
If evil can’t hide behind our apathy, then evil has no where to hide. So call the cops when you see a crime being committed, defend people who are being hurt, and be aware of the cruelty in your world. We can stop it if we stop denying it.