(Note: if you are going to read this blog post, please read the whole thing before jumping to any conclusions of what I may be talking about).
With all the millions of articles and news stories flying around Facebook, TV, and through word of mouth, I find it incredibly hard to keep critical thinking intact. Have you stopped to ask yourself RECENTLY if you are fickle and compliant? Filled with protest but no action?
Stop to consider for a moment: Do any (or all) of the following things succeed in directing your thoughts and actions?
- Do the opposing views that constantly bombard you throughout the day sway you from one stance to the other (and maybe back again) because they each seem to have good points? And this switching keeps you as a bystander because subconsciously you aren't sure if you might change your mind again?
- Is the continuous pressure to be tolerant of everything make it hard to recognize how you can make a stand against things you know are wrong?
- Does the fear of being labeled as a racist, bigot or a "fill-in-the-blank-o-phobic" paralyze you from taking any action at all? (Not including harping on others you would label as being those things.)
I was challenged by this concept last week by two different posts on FB:
1) A video post by a Muslim lady speaking against radical Islam
2) A nurse's post about treating patients of female genital mutilation and then explaining that this happens TODAY in CANADA by DOCTORS.
Both of these made me stop and question: "Are we letting our tolerance of what we know to be right (in hopes we can keep respect & freedoms intact), go too far that it is now misleading and keeping us from standing up against what we know to be wrong?" Are our fickle understanding of truth, lazy seeking out of facts, and tolerance turned compliance, blinding us?
The lady in the video asked this question: "Did political correctness, cost people their lives?" It was in response to an attack that killed 14 people. When the neighbors were interviewed, they said that they saw suspicious behavior in the weeks leading up to the attack but didn't say anything because they didn't want to be accused of racial profiling.
The lady also quoted Obama and Clinton saying that the problem isn't with Muslims that it was with Terrorists and that 99.9% of Muslims don't believe in such things. She went on to prove that this was false and that the problem is Muslims who follow RADICAL ISLAM (which is a very large number of people in the world) and that by ignoring the problem we can't fix it. She said that she doesn't need famous people (like an actor in this case) defending her as a Muslim from someone he thought was making a racist comment. She said she needs to be protected from Muslims who have hijacked her religion and are doing all these unspeakable things in the name of her god.
Now I do not want to get into a debate over pro or anti-Muslim stances. THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. And if any of you went there maybe there are other questions we have to ask ourselves first before reading on.
But is she right? Are there areas in our life that this applies? Are we focused too much on the labels/appearances and not on the actual problems and so not standing up to or for anything? Are we continuing to allow ourselves to be swayed by each "fact" we see?
What about things like choosing to protect one child's fragile feelings and not saying anything rather than saving another child from their bullying? Not telling a friend they're way over the line so that we're not called judgemental? Not screaming at the top of our lungs that beating a woman is wrong so to avoid being called a bigot? Merely shaking our head at cruelty rather than seeking to protect those who are its victims?
The whole point of this post is that I want to ask myself the question: Am I too fearful of what labels might be put on me or have sheltered myself too much so I can't/won't stand up for things I KNOW are wrong?
Take the post from the nurse. Did you know that that sort of thing happens in Canada? I didn't! But hey I was busy running errands today and getting ready for the company we had coming for supper.... so I'm off the hook right? Give me a break!! What am I doing? No literally... what am I doing???
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke
THINK ABOUT IT!!! We mustn't throw the baby out with the bathwater. In our seeking to throw out hate, we turned to tolerance. But in our tolerance, we mustn't become bystanders of evil.
CREDITS: Missie, thank you for posting that video and for your post