Quasi-Neutral ~ A to Z Blogging Challenge

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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.

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17 responses to “Quasi-Neutral ~ A to Z Blogging Challenge

  1. I stay out of other people’s business when that business is their business. When what they’re doing isn’t hurting anyone else. When it’s hurting someone else, then it really isn’t their business anymore, is it? It’s all of our business.

  2. Ohhhh, GREAT POST, as I have just fallen into this situation in living between neighbors. You may have given me something to write about for T… Trauma!! Being silent can be both good and bad. However, it the situation has the potential for ramping up, it might be best to try to nip it in the bud. Wish me LUCK with this thinking!! … and stay tuned!

  3. Hi Silvia – it’s a tricky one isn’t it .. if the community is there, ie the locality and things are fraying – something needs to be done .. some people have the knack to diffuse situations … changing dictators, or mob rule – is not easy … especially here as you describe … I don’t think any of us are quasi-neutral .. but it’s the way we humans work, presume things will improve and work out .. cheers Hilary

  4. Elie Wiesel’s quote says it all Silvia. Thank you. For me it brings up the question as to whether we are our brothers’ keeper. Both sides can be cogently discussed. But when we see or hear of wrong doing we must surely act in some way. Being quasi-neutral is a cop out. Of which we all can be guilty.

  5. “Neutrality helps the oppressor” – sadly, so true.

  6. What a great quote. It is always hard to step out of one’s comfort zone, even when someone needs our help.

  7. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
    JFK attributed this to Edmund Burke.

  8. I live in a rural area where people often like to be left to themselves. On the other hand, though, people all seem to know each other’s business. So I guess we like the idea of being left alone, but know that we really need each other to get involved in our lives. :)

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