Those who Remain Silent are Responsible

SILENCE IS NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN—EXCEPT FOR THE PERPETRATOR!!!!

Contemplative in the Mud

Saint Edith Stein

Those who remain silent are responsible.
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

What does this quote mean? In English, there’s a twofold possibility:

  • Those who remain silent about their own goodness act responsibly.
  • Those who remain silent about evil in the world share in culpability.

It is, in the original, the latter which is meant: Those who remain silent about evil in the world share in culpability. 

Contemplation only means certain kinds of silence. Contemplation is totally incompatible with silence in the face of injustice, oppression, racial prejudice, economic injustice, or any form of social evil.

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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