„Not even the apparently enlightened principle of the ‘greatest good for the greatest number’ can excuse indifference to individual suffering. There is no test for progress other than its impact on the individual.“

In Place of Fear (William Heinemann Ltd, 1952), pp. 167-8
1950s

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Aneurin Bevan1
britischer Politiker 1897 - 1960

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„The act of greatest subversion … is the one of indifference.“

—  John Carroll Australian professor and author 1944

Quelle: Break-Out from the Crystal Palace (1974), p. 53
Kontext: The act of greatest subversion … is the one of indifference. A man, or a group, finds it unbearable that someone can be simply uninterested in his, or its, convictions. … There is a degree of complicity, or mutual respect, between the believer and the man who attacks his beliefs (the revolutionary), for the latter takes them seriously.

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„One of the greatest perplexities of the Government is to avoid receiving troops faster than it can provide for them. In a word, the people will save their Government if the Government itself will do its part only indifferently well.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

1860s, Fourth of July Address to Congress (1861)
Kontext: The evidence reaching us from the country leaves no doubt that the material for the work is abundant, and that it needs only the hand of legislation to give it legal sanction and the hand of the Executive to give it practical shape and efficiency. One of the greatest perplexities of the Government is to avoid receiving troops faster than it can provide for them. In a word, the people will save their Government if the Government itself will do its part only indifferently well.

Elie Wiesel Foto

„To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.“

—  Elie Wiesel writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor 1928 - 2016

André Maurois Foto
Zygmunt Bauman Foto
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Tom Robbins Foto

„When a man tries to own an individual, whether that individual be another man, an animal or even a tree, he suffers the psychic consequences of an unnatural act.“

—  Tom Robbins, buch Another Roadside Attraction

Another Roadside Attraction (1971)
Kontext: When a man confines an animal in a cage, he assumes ownership of that animal. But an animal is an individual; it cannot be owned. When a man tries to own an individual, whether that individual be another man, an animal or even a tree, he suffers the psychic consequences of an unnatural act.

Leonardo Da Vinci Foto

„The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

XIX Philosophical Maxims. Morals. Polemics and Speculations.

Abraham Joshua Heschel Foto
Henri-Frédéric Amiel Foto
Alan Charles Kors Foto
Frédéric Bastiat Foto

„Everyone's effort will be directed toward snatching a scrap of fraternal privilege from the legislature. The suffering classes, although having the greatest claim, will not always have the greatest success.“

—  Frédéric Bastiat French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly 1801 - 1850

Quelle: Justice and Fraternity (1848), p. 319
Kontext: "[The socialists declare] that the State owes subsistence, well-being, and education to all its citizens; that it should be generous, charitable, involved in everything, devoted to everybody;... that it should intervene directly to relieve all suffering, satisfy and anticipate all wants, furnish capital to all enterprises, enlightenment to all minds, balm for all wounds, asylums for all the unfortunate, and even aid to the point of shedding French blood, for all oppressed people on the face of the earth.
Who would not like to see all these benefits flow forth upon the world from the law, as from an inexhaustible source? … But is it possible? … Whence does [the State] draw those resources that it is urged to dispense by way of benefits to individuals? Is it not from the individuals themselves? How, then, can these resources be increased by passing through the hands of a parasitic and voracious intermediary?
... Finally…we shall see the entire people transformed into petitioners. Landed property, agriculture, industry, commerce, shipping, industrial companies, all will bestir themselves to claim favors from the State. The public treasury will be literally pillaged. Everyone will have good reasons to prove that legal fraternity should be interpreted in this sense: "Let me have the benefits, and let others pay the costs." Everyone's effort will be directed toward snatching a scrap of fraternal privilege from the legislature. The suffering classes, although having the greatest claim, will not always have the greatest success.

Tacitus Foto

„Every great example of punishment has in it some injustice, but the suffering individual is compensated by the public good.“

—  Tacitus, buch Annals

Book XIV, 44
Annals (117)
Original: (la) Habet aliquid ex iniquo omne magnum exemplum, quod contra singulos, utilitate publica rependitus.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Foto

„There is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

Quelle: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

William Brett, 1st Viscount Esher Foto

„The community does not suffer deficiencies. What is lacking in one individual is made up by the other.“

—  Elie Munk French rabbi 1900 - 1981

Quoted in Christopher B. Ricks and Leonard Michaels, The State of the Language, p. 60

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„My argument with so much of psychoanalysis, is the preconception that suffering is a mistake, or a sign of weakness, or a sign even of illness, when in fact, possibly the greatest truths we know have come out of people's suffering“

—  Arthur Miller playwright from the United States 1915 - 2005

1963 interview, used in The Century of the Self (2002)
Kontext: My argument with so much of psychoanalysis, is the preconception that suffering is a mistake, or a sign of weakness, or a sign even of illness, when in fact, possibly the greatest truths we know have come out of people's suffering; that the problem is not to undo suffering or to wipe it off the face of the earth but to make it inform our lives, instead of trying to cure ourselves of it constantly and avoid it, and avoid anything but that lobotomized sense of what they call "happiness." There's too much of an attempt, it seems to me, to think in terms of controlling man, rather than freeing him. Of defining him rather than letting him go. It's part of the whole ideology of this age, which is power-mad.

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