Indifference is the absolute evil

by Lorenzo Piccoli


I had some discussions with people who say they are fed up with Italian politics. They don’t follow the debates, they do not vote anymore, they say it is worthless. This attitudes drives me crazy. Mahatma Gandhi explained that anyone who says they are not interested in politics is like a drowning man who insists he is not interested in water.

Yesterday there was a lot of fuzz on Italian media for a controversial sentence pronounced by a former prime minister about the good things that Mussolini did. They guy is not senile, as some people say. Instead, he is a grim and ruthless figure who would do anything to stay in power and is perfectly conscious that many voters like this kind of appeals to the positive aspects of fascism. It is your responsibility to avoid grim figures like this old slobbering penguin to be in power. Indifference is the absolute evil. Political indifference is no exception.

First they came for the gypsies,
and I was happy because they steal.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out because I did not like them.
Then they came for the homosexuals
and I felt relieved because they bothered me.
Then they came for the communists,
and I said nothing because I was not a communist.
One day they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

[This quote is often attributed to Bertold Brecht. However, the original version traces back to pastor Martin Niemöller]

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