Posted by: Martin Fox | July 29, 2009

Elie Wiesel – what makes us moral.

More from the Elie Wiesel discussions at the Chautauqua Institute this week.

Peace out – Martin Fox with the Center for Global Leadership.

imagesWhat makes us moral?

What makes us immoral is when you see somone who is hungry and you do nothing to help them. It could be a hunger for food, freedom, democracy, love, humanity. In short, what makes us immoral is to be indifferent to the suffering of others.

For example… In Iran, the young and the old are rising up against injustice. World governments need to say we are with you, we support you. Even if we can do nothing right now to help them, we need to vocally let them know we are with them. Saying nothing is immoral – it implies they are alone and no one cares. From his time in the Nazi concentration camps, Mr. Wiesel knows first-hand what it is like to feel alone and that no one cares.

As humans, we always have a choice to either stand up for what is right – or choose to do nothing. Which do you choose?

Laws and Morality… Laws are meant to be moral. When laws become immoral, there is no morality. Effective societies can not function when injustice is being practiced in the name of the law. Examples of societies with immoral laws include Nazi Germany, the former USSR, and yes, the former Jim Crow laws in the South. When laws are immoral, it is our collective global responsibility to change those laws.

Has the world learned from the Holocaust? No, we haven’t learned. If we had learned, there would be no Rwandan genocides, no Bosnian ethnic cleansings, no Cambodian killing fields, and no Darfurs.

More Elie Wiesel blogs coming this week. Celebrating “what makes us moral” all week at the Chautauqua Institute.

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