Not speaking out also is kamma/karma

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Buck McGeehy
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Not speaking out also is kamma/karma

Post by Buck McGeehy » Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:36 pm

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

-Martin Niemöller

The United States has witnessed the vilification of news reporters as the "enemy of the people," followed by the assassination of a prominent journalist inside a Saudi Arabian consulate and rising threats against U.S. journalists.

The United States as witnessed its President calling for active military to consider rocks thrown by immigrants to be "guns," followed by Nigeria using Trump's words to justify the fatal shooting of rock-throwing protestors.

The United States has witnessed the attempted assassination of George Soros and others by mail bomb, followed by the massacre of nearly a dozen people at a Jewish synagogue.

The politics of rage, race-baiting, lies, and incitement to violence is gaining in popularity. Remember that the decision to sit on the sidelines and NOT speak out also is kamma/karma. "... if we are to be happy, secure, and successful in life, we must rely on ourselves and hold ourselves responsible for our actions — or inaction."
Engaged Buddhism - A movement within Buddhism which puts emphasis on taking affirmative actions within one's community to address manifest human suffering such as poverty, hunger, environmental harm, and public health issues.

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Re: Not speaking out also is kamma/karma

Post by Kim O'Hara » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:41 am

An alternate version of the Niemoller quote has been circulating - for obvious reasons - on FB recently:
First they came for the journalists - and we don't know what happened after that.

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Re: Not speaking out also is kamma/karma

Post by Buck McGeehy » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:42 pm

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:41 am
First they came for the journalists - and we don't know what happened after that.
Great quote. Also an accurate reflection on the state of affairs among people who no longer know where to get their news, or which news sources to trust, IMO.
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Re: Not speaking out also is kamma/karma

Post by Dorje Shedrub » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:15 pm

Without a free press (the first amendment in the U.S. Bill of Rights) tyranny of all sorts will be upon us. We first began losing press freedom with corporate ownership of press organizations, and now the press is mocked and vilified as fake news and the enemy of the people by no less than the president, when in reality, they may be the only thing holding back a new tyranny.

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Re: Not speaking out also is kamma/karma

Post by fwiw » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:59 am

In my opinion the real threat to the press is not the beef of the orange clown against corrupt war-cheerleading corporations such as CNN but of facebook, twitter and youtube against anti-war independant media such as The Antimedia which has been banned from both facebook and twitter in a matter of hours in spite of being until then actively helped by facebook to grow and reach a greater audience.
... in my opinion (<- meaning unless one is talking about something one has been a direct witness of, every single thing anyone ever says is no more than an opinion. Also, don't ask me to do your research for you)

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