Forum: America the indifferent
September 2, 2013 7:12PM
Updated: October 4, 2013 6:18AM
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” So echoed Dr. Martin Luther King some 50 years ago. And while some might argue over our progress with respect to the former, recent history suggests the real struggle lies with the latter.
See, we have the Jacksons and Weiner and Spitzer and Sanford, only to mention a few. We have Manning and Snowden and Gates and Hasan. We have the IRS targeting certain groups, the Benghazi fiasco, the NSA domestic data gathering and the Fast & Furious guns debacle.
We have countless incidents with an array of characters representing real tragedies and scandals that go to the very character of the individuals involved. But do we really care? As Hillary Clinton said in response to the Benghazi attack, “What difference, at this point, what difference does it make?”
We as a nation and a people are growing increasingly indifferent. We care little about anything or anyone except ourselves and our small social circles, and we are quick to ignore transgressions or to attribute them to something other than the person himself.
How do we judge a man in the absence of character and regardless of color? And when do our personal or professional actions truly make a difference in how we act or how we treat others?
How do we continue to elect these people, excuse these people and cast blame on others or society at large?