A John Stuart Mill quote

Something inspirational:

“A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.”


6 Mar, 2020

4 thoughts on “A John Stuart Mill quote

  1. Evil comes in so many different forms and I think the worst of it is when people choose to ignore what is really happening around them.

    I was watching a show about the Nazis which was a prime example of this, where the US brought so many Nazi scientists to our country and pretty much ignored their crimes in order to get to the moon first.

    People don’t seem to know anything about ‘operation paperclip’ but it’s pretty obvious that it really happened and we should be ashamed that it did.

    As a child I was forced to ignore everything that was happening around me and to keep my mouth shut, but now I find that I can’t do it so easily, which is an amazing freedom.

    1. Thanks Randy. No one should ignore or be made to ignore what’s going on around them. History shows it’s not wise to turn a blind eye.

      Yes, what happened to integrity, empathy, compassion and being caring because that is all it would take for us all to change how we communicate with each other?

      Sadly, when you’re dealing with narcissism and that’s what’s out there, it’s not difficult to see immorality. Society and the world needs to heal and that starts with each of us.

      No one is born with narcissistic or evil traits. And we must all do more to bring ourselves together and make the world a better place.

  2. I agree completely, turning a blind eye makes us guilty too.

    Martin Luther King said that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter and we only have to look into our recent history of atrocities around the world to see the strength in that saying.

    1. Thank you. Yes, I couldn’t agree more. I was too young to appreciate Martin Luther King, his words live on.

      Society, communities governments and individually we must all do more to avoid recent history of atrocities around the world.

      When we reach the ‘pearly gates’ we are all accountable. We must all do more, so that we are less selfish, and more selfless.

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