Can we be Indifferent to Suffering and Retain our Humanity?
Have we seen such utter madness and encountered
so much sadness that they fail to touch us
any longer, and our horror is no stronger
than a passing thought or two?
There is nothing I can do!
If disease and deprivation, wars,
neglect, mass starvation, epidemics,
drug addiction, crime, riots,
and affliction ignite no distress within our soul,
must this not exact some toll?
Where is the Chorus of our Voices?
If we feel no indignation when a tyrant
soils his nation with a butcher’s flow
of blood, and a veritable
great flood of loud protests
why are we mute and speak no word?
When lawbreakers rampant
run, and our cities people shun, while we turn
our heads away, shed no tears…
demand no say. . . If we’re indifferent to this blight,
how can we rest content at night?
The High Cost of Apathy
If atrocities in great number
fail to shake us
from our slumber, and we opt for non-commitment
when we witness gross maltreatment,
Ennui and apathy are manifested every single time we’re tested.
Then I tell you, friend,
most surely, a time will come
to face it clearly. After doom arrives, unhindered, we will grasp
what we’ve surrendered,
prisoners of our own indifference, victims of our moral absence.
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War, War . . . and More Wars! When Will They End?
© 2011 Jaye Denman