The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
The phrase or quote; “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” is famously attributed to Edmund Burke. The other distinguished man, Albert Einstein, also said that: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
As I saw a video that went viral over the weekend of a woman who “forgot” or had a problem with her skirt/dress, thus exposing some hidden items in one of the malls in Free State. I felt so appalled and ashamed.
The thought of someone taking that video and posting it on social networks was mind boggling. I asked myself over and over, for what purpose and what does one get in return?
Other than making fun, humiliating, disgracing and exposing this woman, I struggled to get any righteous intention of doing so. There are plenty of such indicent, violent and inhumane videos that do rounds amongst us. Whether in politics, religions, sports and all, these videos’ intentions are not meant to build but rather, to destroy.
Before you judge me, I am not talking about videos that tends to expose the evil that we do. Those I support, fully.
I also take note that it is not only videos. There images, audios and actual incidents of crime, hate speech, corruption; et al, that happens almost daily and we do nothing.
It then dawned on me that, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. It dawned on me that we have turned into a nation that allows someone to be mugged infront of everyone, in broad day light, and we do nothing.
Yes, it dawned on me that we have turned into a nation that turns a blind eye when someone steals and say “o ya izama” (hustle). It dawned on me that, we have turned into a nation that is racially divided, with rooted racial hatreds, yet we call ourselves Christians. The examples are endless.
To me, the phrase means that if you allow something to happen that was inherently bad or evil when you had knowledge or experience that the event happening was wrong morally, then you would have let “evil” win and have its way and it will have “triumphed”.
You may have felt you could not interfere because “it was none of your business”. Or you were afraid that you will be the next target. Or maybe, you assumed somebody else would step up and say something. Or you thought you could not spare the time. Or you may even think that perhaps you were misjudging the situation. Or someone will take action or say something for you.
In spite of every possible reason on earth, we allow evil to prevail because we are afraid to be unpopular, scared or plainly, do not care.
I choose not to follow the path of allowing that. Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until my good is better and my better is best, I vow not to stop. To the person who shot and posted that video and to those who do the same; to those who allow crime to happen under their watch, say shame on you and hope you will one day be condemned, even to the eyes of posterity.
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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane
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