A blunted conscience leads to apathy, indifference and, ultimately, oppression

  1. Apathy — “It’s not my problem and, anyway, as an individual, I can’t make much impact or change the situation”. Adopting this attitude eliminates the possibility of having a collective voice on issues that face the human being — like poverty, global warming, pollution, etc. As a result, not much gets done to solve the pressing issues of our day. A current example — only a small percentage of the world’s population recycles waste, many citizens just drop their trash and millions of people don’t take responsibility for the environment.
  2. Indifference — “It’s a decision that has to be made and I don’t care what the fall-out is going to be, even if it affects the livelihoods and well-being of human beings”. A lack of dialogue and no expressions of care make people very bitter and angry, causing many other negative reactions — even to the point of rioting and violence. A current example — P & O laying off 800 ‘redundant’ employees on a video call, with no preceding attempts at dialogue, problem-solving, notice or promises of assistance.
  3. Oppression — “I am right. My point of view is the only way forward and I will ensure that I achieve my aims, no matter the cost”. This disregard for others and their welfare is driven by ideological aspirations, selfishness, the lust for power and obsessive greed, and results in the oppression of many, hypocrisy and lies. There are countless examples in history — slavery, racism, the caste system, Nazism, etc. A current example — the indiscriminate acts of violence and war against peaceful and non-threatening populations, like Putin is exercising over Ukraine.

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Jonathan Mills

Jonathan Mills

Jonathan has spent over 30 years focusing his efforts on developing people throughout the world. He believes that people have the most impact when stretched.