Wiesel’s Call to Action
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Taking a Stand
There is always an opportunity to do better, to be better. One place to start is where we see something blatantly wrong and unjust. By its very nature, the status quo is strongly rooted, but it too can be changed! That is the message of author and advocate, Elie Wiesel. Having survived the Holocaust, Wiesel spent his entire life sharing the message for justice, compassion, and humanity.
A Stark Reminder
His suffering, as well as that of countless others, should be a reminder to us all that, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” As explained, opting to do nothing in the face of wrong or evil, is itself a choice. One that sides with the wrong-doer.
We must therefore choose to speak up when we witness wrong-doing and injustice. Whether helping others in your community, or at work. If you recognize injustice, then stand up for (and with), the socially oppressed, the poor, the isolated, and the under represented. This is also true when it comes to the protection our natural world. The environment rarely has a voice in its exploitation and destruction. You can offer yours.
Remember to let your own voice be heard for those who are feeling abuse and discrimination at the hands of oppression. Defending others, offering them our understanding and assistance, represent some of the most powerful actions we can take as human beings (see Seneca).
A Remarkable Voice
Mr. Wiesel’s work is the embodiment of his message of compassion. His books and talks press for the the need of greater action in the quest for justice and the recognition of our shared humanity. He truly did commit his life to it.
Wiesel passed away this week at the age of 87 (New York Times). His message however, carries on. With his books & articles, as well as through the many lives he touched during his countless talks, Wiesel was a powerful storyteller, that encouraged his readers and listeners to dig deeper. I hope his words can offer you the same support and motivation that they did for me.