“And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.
We must take sides.
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
Sometimes we must interfere.”
– Elie Wiesel, Night
Sometimes it’s hard to know.
Speak up or be silent?
I’ve sometimes spoken up when I should have kept silent.
And sometimes I’ve kept silent when I should have spoken up.
It’s almost been one year since Elie Wiesel died. He would have been 87 years old had he not died one year ago on July 2, 2016.
During World War II, Wiesel was a victim of the Holocaust, a slave laborer in Auschwitz, Buna, and the Buchenwald concentration camps. (If you have yet to read his book Night about his time in the Nazi death camps, now is a good time.)
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
Because we need to get this better – this knowing when to stand up.
This knowing when to interfere.
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
May the Lord grant us wisdom to know.
And grant us courage to do.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
obit video at NYTimes.com
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Is there something you need to speak out about?
How do you decide when to speak up and when to be silent? Please share in the comments.
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