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We did it! Social media has become one of the best methods to keep people from acting on their beliefs, while still making them think they have contributed. This quote of good men being the cause of evil because they stay silent, can be found online attributed to the philosopher Edmund Burke and sometimes even to Einstein, but both men never said it. The source might be John Stuart Mill. For more information, see Wikipedia. Einstein actually said this, and I agree with it:.
This is one such instance where a false attribute is used, for a quote that is misleading and upsetting. Let us talk more about what good deeds are, what it means to do something that matters.
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Because history clearly shows most people are not. Fortunately, everyone can make a choice, every moment again. Scarily enough, this is just as true for people who have never had to even consider doing something against their idea of what is good.
This is why I remember. I disagree. For some reason I was led to believe that statement was from Henry Kissenger in reference to the holocaust. It should be interpreted as an indictment that people that did nothing are evil but more of a statement that being good is not a passive behavior, while being evil can be.
- Political Geography (Routledge Contemporary Human Geography);
- is 'for good men to do nothing' [Edmund Burke].
- Shadow of Betrayal?
My views on Good vs Evil are more aligned to what you would call Altruism vs Machiavellianism. That self preservation act of the alleged altruist is also a minor machiavellian act in its self as your ignoring the slaughter of your community around you while you seek to preserve your self. My point is to be good requires an active act where as being evil requires you to do nothing at the expense of those around you.
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I my self would carry a lot of shame if I found myself in that situation. That sounds a lot more accurate. I say this because I carry the shame of having a violent criminal threaten my life to the point that I contemplated killing them and was in a position to do it. Nievely I did nothing and he later went on to murder a young woman. Our community is lucky in that he got 2 life sentances but I still feel responsible cause I knew how violent he was and that by observing him I knew it was only a matter of time before he would kill some one.
This individual had 6 prior convictions and his crimes. His convictions were mostly drug distribution charges which strikes me as odd why the justice department was so lenient on him.
I was able to lewer the individual in to traps where I could be forced to defend my self Making my self appear a visibly easy target but my lake of fear tipped him off so he stopped stalking me. Too many Christians and too many churches do nothing.
They are standing idly by, they are mere spectators. They sit on the sidelines instead of actively participating and working for the good. If good wins, they join in the celebration though they did nothing to produce the victory. If evil wins, they will complain long and loud though their own apathy helped produce the undesirable result.
When Jesus found a fig tree with "nothing thereon, but leaves only" He cursed the tree and "presently the fig tree withered away" Matt. What will He do with those who claim to be good and yet who do nothing?
John the baptist warned, "And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire" Matt. When good men do nothing, evil triumphs. Evil, sin and sinful men must be opposed.
God commands those who are good, not just to avoid evil but actively oppose it. Christians are to not only to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but also reprove them" Eph. Those who do nothing about sin and evil, help the sin and evil to prevail. One who is silent when there are those around him in sin becomes a partaker with them Eph. In the days of Elijah , the silence of many had allowed the evil of Ahab and Jezebel to prevail throughout the land of Israel. If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.
And the people answered him not a word" 1 Kings The silence of the people spoke volumes of their indecisiveness and inaction.
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Their failure to stand up, speak up and speak out permitted wicked and evil men to run rampant. Jesus told of a traveler who was robbed, beaten and left him half dead. The men who did this were wicked and did a very wicked thing. But the Levite and priest allowed this evil to continue unanswered by doing nothing as they each "passed by on the other side" Luke Fortunately for the traveler there was one man, a Samaritan, who was willing to stand up for what was right Luke
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