posted on Oct, 13 2005 @ 02:12 PM
An interesting question which requires more than a quick ‘gut’ response.
It provides, perhaps, some understanding of why so many ordinary German people ‘turned a blind eye’ to the atrocities that were being carried out
under the Nazis during World War 2. It doesn’t make it right …………. but it does help us to put ourselves in their shoes and to realise what
an awful ‘no-win’ situation many of them were placed in.
So my answer to this very ‘thorny’ question is as truthful as I can possibly make it:
1st. I am afraid of pain – physical and emotional. So would I really be prepared to ‘stand up and be counted………….?
2nd. In a totalitarian state, it is not only the protestor who is arrested, tortured, maybe killed ……… it is her/his family too. Would I really
want to be responsible for their demise?
But if I did nothing would they really be safe? After all, many Jews in wartime Germany thought they and their families would be safe if they ‘kept
their heads down’…..but, of course, they were not………..
So, my response would be to either (a) get out of the country as quickly as I could, taking my family with me, or (b) if this were not an option, work
for ‘the powers that be’ – (possibly doing whatever it took) and somehow try to ensure that, by giving in to the inevitable, I could maybe
protect my family in some way, or, at least, make life a little easier for them.
I am not at all sure that (b) would work either. But if, for instance, I was a member of a cultural or racial group that was under threat, I honestly
don’t think there would be any other alternative.
This would be going completely against all the political and moral codes I hold dear …… but I also know my weaknesses ………………….