In keeping silent about evil

The lust for power, greed and corruption has been an intrinsic characteristic of human behavior since seemingly the beginning of our existence and while the majority of us make a conscious decision not to embrace these traits there have always been those among us who do.  Therefore it is logical to say that no single group should be considered immune to the possibility that one or more of these individuals lurks within its ranks and as such no individual or individuals should be considered above reproach simply because of the group to which they belong.

As citizens it is our moral responsibility to foster an atmosphere that strengthen the capacity of society at large to point out corruption where it exist and to build transparent and accountable systems of governance so as to ensure that the vulnerable are not take advantage of. This is especially true when the corruption is committed by those who are in power. One would imagine in a society as enlighten as we imagine ourselves to be that this is would be an easy task, but alas it is not.  For as dangerous as those who abuse their power are, equally so are the individuals who persuade the masses with the narrative that to point out the corruption of any individual or group of individuals in a particular group is an attack on that group as a whole. While evidently flawed this narrative is nevertheless an effective tool in seizing on the prejudice and fears of the average citizen. Who when confronted with evidence of such corruption tend to dismiss it on the grounds that it is an attack on and suggests an implausible degree of corruption within a group they respect as a whole.

It is fair to question the motive of the individuals who promote this narrative. It is apparent when one examines their talking points more closely that they are not concerned with the good of society but rather simply with promoting their own agenda. But for what reason? What do these individuals have to gain? Is it fame, power, money or something none of us could even begin to fathom. Whatever it may be as citizens we must not allow their noise to cower us into silence. We must remain vigilant and continue to point out with the loudest voice possible corruption at every turn and our demand for justice. For if we do not we doom society as a whole for as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote:

In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.

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