I have long admired Elie Weisel. If you don’t remember Elie, he is the guy who tracked down many, many Nazi war criminals so they could be prosecuted for their crimes. He was himself a victim of Nazi oppression — his village in Romania was “deported” to a Nazi concentration camp (Buchenwald) in 1944, where he survived until he was liberated in 1945. He was 15 years old. His father died in the camp. This is an excerpt from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech of 1986:
“Action is the only remedy to indifference. Whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation, take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
We Scientologists have many sayings — “production is the basis of morale” and “communication is the universal solvent”, and “something can be done about it” among them. We get these sayings of course from the founder of our religion, L. Ron Hubbard. They are part of the body of writing that forms up the Scientology religion. One of my favorites such sayings is this one:
“The wrong thing to do is nothing.”
Even if all one can do is send a small amount of money to help solve a problem (such as to help the earthquake victims in Indonesia at the moment) — do that, don’t do nothing. Post a link to help the Volunteer Ministers heading there on your blog or website. Do something, because “the wrong thing to do is nothing.”
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