The Indifference of People to Suffering

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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 present day. I think of the poor, the hungry and the homeless right here in America, and my work at the Topeka Rescue Mission. People helping people, literally faith with its sleeves rolled up. It is a beautiful and natural act. Helping one another. Then, I think of the politics and the blame game of why there are poor, homeless and hungry. It makes my head hurt, that they actually spend money and time and pretending to address the issues, yet literally end up creating more of what they are trying to reduce. In the Marion Catholic just one of many, excellent examples of the poor, and how easily we are indifferent. How quietly insidiously indifference permeates our everyday lives. In attempts to call attention to humanity’s compassion for itself and for each other. A man walks down the street to work and along the way passes a poor beggar in tattered clothing, munching on a moldy piece of cheese he scrounged from a nearby dumpster. The man feels an aversion to the beggar and casually... ... middle of paper ... ...dge or even protest the inhumanity and genocide of millions of people. One would also think that we would have learned from the holocaust, but our indifference to others remains just as strong today as it did then. Histories destined to repeat. Works Cited Wiesel, Elie The Perils of Indifference, Whitehouse speech American Rhetoric, 12 April 1999 http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/wiesel.htm The World Health Organization Violence against women: a ‘global health problem of epidemic proportions’ 20 JUNE 2013 | GENEVA Pope Francis Comfort makes us indifferent to suffering of migrants, St. Peter's Square general audience, May 22, 2013 http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/ Center For Disease Control Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System, (CDC Report 2012) The Marion Catholic Indifference: Today’s Great Tragedy http://themariancatholic.blogspot.com/
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