The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
I don’t necessarily call, at least yet, our current times evil but none the less the Edmund Burke quote above applies to where we are as a country. Too many of us decided to sit out the last election cycle and what we got is the result. I certainly hope that this is a lesson learned and election participation increases dramatically in the coming years. We can no longer allow a radical fringe minority to choose our country’s leadership.
Good men doing nothing is basically the cause for much of the evil in the past. Hitler’s rise to power is a result of Germans thinking that he will go away on his own. But the stronger he got the less able they were to do anything about it. I know many in that period who supported him say they were just stuck in the times but to me that is a pretty lame excuse much the same as those who now lament that they pulled the GOP lever the last time around.
How could people just ignore the fact that Hitler was exterminating millions in gas chambers in their backyard!! How could they do nothing!! But, there is a different lesson learned from those times and that is that we as a world have been in much deeper straights than we are presently. There are too many today who seemingly have given up that times will be better. They have given up hope that we will continue striving to be a “Brother’s keeper” nation as Jesus demanded of us. All we need to do is to look back at those times and then look to where Germany is today. They are now the Europe’s leader and may someday be the world leader.
Don’t give up hope that things will get better. Instead as good men and women, rise up and do something about it. I will bookend this post with another famous quote and this one is from Gandhi.