Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 9.5
“If you choose not to decide - You still have made a choice”
Rush (Neal Peart), Freewill, Album: Permanent Waves (1980)
“Not doing anything is doing something and choosing to look away is a passive but no less mortal sin.”
“I don't believe anything's really inevitable until it happens. We just call it inevitable to make ourselves feel better about it, to excuse ourselves for not having done anything.”
Y’all get the idea, right?
Guilt isn’t limited to perpetrators in a reality that comes about by complex causality. Once again: Guilt isn’t limited to perpetrators. It’s shared by those who see, who know, who hear and who still choose to do nothing… while culpability may not be shared, guilt, most certainly, is.
It’s hard to hear, and even harder to accept… as it should. It’s not about just NOT doing bad stuff… it’s about being a force of goodness and Virtue in the world.
We desperately need it.
(See y’all tomorrow)