Wiesel being a Holocaust survivor, has credibility as well as emotional and logical evidence to support his argument on human indifference. By using this evidence in his argument he writes a moving and descriptive piece for his readers. Wiesel’s audience being the the President Clinton, Congress and the nation. He uses his credibility from his experience as a Holocaust victim to bring in the reader and inform them of what he has felt and seen about indifference in our world. The way he speaks of human indifference in the world makes it seem like the audience isn’t aware or just dosn’t care about the issue going on around us.
This pathos describes how Lincoln would care for his people and how he would put the task of helping the people suffering from the war first, serving as a strong pathos since it is not only emotionally affecting his people, but also encouraging and giving them hope. The war destroyed millions of families. Lincoln in the first place gave his attention on healing the people and their families, instead of describing how beautiful the future would be and giving unrealistic assumptions This pathos and ethos made people, no matter the North or the South, to feel that they are in unity. Both sides were suffering the same war and urged to end it, while they shared a same religion. God plays an important role to connect the people together, which enhances Lincoln’s credibility in his speech besides his position as a president and occasion of this speech.
Portraying Indifference in a New Way Indifference within a community or a society is the most troubling thing to overcome and diminish. Elie Wiesel’s speech, “The Perils of Indifference” in which he gave in the White House on April 12, 1999 insinuates this clearly through sharing his own personal experiences in the holocaust. Throughout his speech he reflects on the past and compares it with the present, uses imagery, contrast and open-ended questions to have the audience look deeply within themselves and their peers to understand that no one should be the indifference and should always strive to take action. Wiesel uses past and present events and experiences in his speech and he compares them to give the audience a sense of how being above the indifference can change the world for the better. He uses examples from the Holocaust such as the St. Louis case, “And that happened after the Kristallnacht, after the first state sponsored pogrom, with hundreds of Jewish shops destroyed, synagogues burned, thousands of people put in concentration camps.
Top Speeches in History: “The Perils of Indifference” Analysis It is sometimes human nature to turn a blind eye to the suffering of fellow human beings, simply because it is troublesome to become involved in the misfortune of others. Attempting to combat this fact, Mr. Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the infamous Holocaust, delivered his famous speech, “The Perils of Indifference.” He did so successfully, delivering a speech that would stay imprinted in the minds, and in the hearts of all those who heard it. Delivered in the East Room of the White House on April 12th, 1999, Wiesel’s speech was a huge stepping stone towards the extermination of indifference from the face of the earth. As a part of the Millennium Lecture Series, hosted by President Bill Clinton and his wife Hilary, Wiesel delivered his speech to an audience of well known and influential leaders. Among these leaders were scientists, scholars, and other creative individuals.
Ignoring it only worsens the problem. Elie Wiesel, an award winning author who has lived through the horrors of the Holocaust stated in his Nobel Peace Prize that “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim” (Nobel Acceptance Speech, Elie Wiesel, Dec. 10, 1986). To ignore the situation only makes people think that little is thought about the wrongs that occur in our world. Adolf Hitler, once a political leader and one of the most charismatic and persuasive people know to man said "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" (Adolf Hitler).
Shame also acts as a protector or boundary to know when ones behaviours or actions may not be appropriate, or well received in a social context; shame is a necessary and natural emotion that can at best protect deepest our yearnings as humans. Shame can give us an indication of how we are being received and accepted by others. As a regulator of contact shame has the ability to modify our contact experience dependant to the relative field conditions. It is important to look at the effects of shame at the other end of the scale, Lee discuss’s Tomkins and Kaufmans thoughts in detail ‘The foundation for a clearer understanding of field dynamics’ (1995 pp 14-22): “ shame binds ( otherwise known as an introject in gestalt terms) form when a persons, feelings, needs or sense of purpose ,( i.e the building blocks of ways of being in the world”) are
Andes Lee 1/12/15 Human Behavior Obedience to Authority Milgrams Obedience to Authority Most people see obedience as a good thing in the same way disobedience is bad. This is what society has taught us, we should do what we are told. However, how far would one go to obey someone with authority? Millions of people in concentration camps during the holocaust were killed by soldiers with the command by their superiors. People by nature like to obey others, it is what they think is morally right.
Some such as Der Fuhrers Face had a comic theme with undertones of racism, whose message was to be thankful to be an American and be free to think and do what you wanted to Others like Hitlers children: an education in death played on the fear that it could happen here and empathy for the children of Nazi parents would have to grow up in that environment, but all of them portrayed Japanese or Germans to be unintelligent unattractive and lazy. Other forms of propaganda that were used were quite similar to Nazi propaganda. Compare the Nazi poster displaying the face of a large Jewish man over a burning battlefield. The caption on the poster says (translated) “The Jew, inciter of war, prolonger of war.” implying that the Jewish people were the cause of the war. As opposed to the America poster displaying a Japanese soldier with monkey like features and a sinister smile on his face carrying a nude unconscious America woman into a dark alley with a caption saying “this is the enemy.” Implying that the Japanese were primitive and deviant.
He survived the horror and was liberated by American soldiers, but he has been changed forever. Since then Wiesel’s purpose in life is to create peace and understanding. He has been writing and speaking to people around the world educating them on the cruelty and mistreatment that occurs. Not only does he mention the Holocaust, he addresses other catastrophes such as Uganda, Kosovo, Ireland, Rwanda and many others. Among all of these examples Wiesel notes a common similarity, indifference.
Job 4: 7-21 is taken from Eliphaz’s speech to Job. After undergoing immense suffering for no apparent reason, Job curses his life and birth and seeks comfort from his friends. Although Job is a good and holy man, Eliphaz states that suffering is the result of sin. He is implying that Job’s suffering is a result of a sinful life, although we already know the true reason for his pains. In verse 7, “Think now, who that was innocent ever perished, or were the upright cut off?”, Eliphaz basically says that the good do not suffer.