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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Unjustified indifference

Contrasts between bleeding heart liberals is blame-the-victim conservatives are one of the worst and most useless tendencies in politics: neither side is interested in taking any action themselves to enact positive change. 

Recent statements by Pat Robertson demonstrate the absolute worst of this tendency on the conservative side.  His answer to the problem of evil dictates that an all loving and all powerful God would not allow for disasters to happen.  Instead, the victims of the disaster must deserve the misfortune they experience.  These statements represent a tacit suggestion those who carry misfortune should carry it alone.

However, a drastic liberal viewpoint also fails as people who watch TV and see that others are taking action on their behalf.  This equally useless moral inaction bows to another type of authority to manage the good and evil of the world: government.  Both extremes want someone else to do the work.

Therefore, to disagree with Robertson, its critical that you not take the politically opposite position: you need only help people in need.  As Elie Wiesel said, the opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.

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