From a young age, we’re told to stay out of other people’s business. Good advice.
Or is it?
What if other people’s business is our business? What if the neighbors of that abusive father who was in the news a couple of years back had stepped in and called the police before the slaying? The tell-tell signs were all there.
What if, thinking globally and historically, those who had lived close enough to Dachau, Germany to see the smoke and ash rain down from the crematorium hadn’t turned a blind eye.
We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
~ Elie Wiesel
In Stranger of Friend, the residents of Pine Vale had allowed their silence to speak for them. And spoke it did, unfortunately, imbibing the very ground of the woods with the blood and tears of their silence.
Zoe Sinclair herself was guilty of the same when she’d allowed the plight of the oppressed to momentarily be ignored. She’d allowed herself to be distracted, to ignore the facts. A wrong she eventually righted, but how easy it is to fall prey to indifference.