“The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it”……… Albert Einstein
There is not much that I can do to dispute this statement, or even to start to become a Devil’s advocate to this statement.
To be honest, while I agree with what he says, I don’t think that I really understand the full reasons for this. So, for those who are willing to start a conversation on this topic, let’s go.
Passion, I think, is what drives us.
Sometimes, this passion is manifested in “bright light”. Artists, writers, inventors through the ages have used their passion to create marvellous things.
Researchers have helped us fight disease, to understand ourselves, and the universe.
We admire heroes like Alexander The Great. We detest dictators like Hitler.
Alexander was a hero. Was he? He was a great warrior king, but could not create an empire. He was driven by the passion to conquer. This comes with killing. His soldiers were driven by his passion.
What helped people like Hitler come to power, and to wreck the world?
Why do we, in India, remember Mountbatten, despite the fact that he did much to wreck India, and forget Lord Wavell who tried to prevent the chaos that ensued in 1947?
Mountbatten was a man of society, and related to royalty. I am sure his intentions were not evil, however, he (along with Nehru, Jinnah… ) helped unleash a holocaust that saw hundreds of thousands killed. Neighbours turned against neighbour, as centuries of friendship were broken by the hate of religion?
Why does this evil persist today?
Why aren’t there more people protesting?
Do we want to avoid harm? Do we want to get out of the way, because ‘it does not concern us’? Does fear drive us? Does indifference drive us?
Do we allow propaganda to rule us? If so, how are we better than those of 150 years back? Despite the fact that we have more information than people did have 150 years back, our behaviour has not changed all that much?
Why do we stand by passively?
Do you have the answer?