In-Class Writing on Wiesel

Note: If you were not in class for this in-class writing exercise, please complete it as a take-home written exercise and turn it in as soon as you can.

        Watchman, what of the night?  So many victims in 
so many places need help.  We need above all, to be 
shaken out of our indifference--the greatest source of 
danger in the world.
        For, remember, the opposite of love is not hate 
but indifference.  The opposite of faith is not 
arrogance but indifference; the opposite of culture is 
not ignorance but indifference; the opposite of art is 
not ugliness but indifference.  And the opposite of 
peace is indifference to both peace and war--
indifference to hunger and persecution, to 
imprisonment and humiliation, indifference to torture 
and persecution.*
  *Elie Wiesel, "Welcoming 1986," in The Times (exactly as cited and quoted in the "Introduction" to Elie Wiesel and Albert H. Friedlander's The Six Days of Destruction: Meditations toward Hope (Paulist Press, 1988), p. 8.

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