“Doing nothing is as good as collaborating.”

This is a quote from Anthony Doerr’s novel “All The Light We Cannot See” which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2015.

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Anthony Doerr speaking at Pop!Tech 2009. Photo by Kris Krüg [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons


In the story, Madame Manec expressed the urgency of doing something rather than being an indifferent bystander. This expression has been emphasized as a moral imperative throughout history.


As Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient said,

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death.” — US News & World Report (27 October 1986)

When was the last time you stepped in to help a stranger in need? Were you comfortable getting involved? Or would you rather remain an indifferent bystander?

#collaboration #indifference

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