The Bystander in us knows that there is suffering in the world, but consciously chooses to turn away from it. Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, says, “the opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.” We may think that the needs of our own families and communities preclude us from caring for others who are unknown and far away. But at base our question is wrong. The moral choice is not “either/or.” The Jewish response is “both/and.”
Question: What factors go into your decisions to be an Upstander or a Bystander?
The Bystander in us asks:
Why should I care?
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