I Agree With Aarvik 's Comment

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1. I agree with Aarvik’s comment. This quote (I had used this previously in my reflection letter but I think it is appropriate to use it again) spoken by Albert Einstein reinforces Aarvik’s argument and my point of view. “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” Those who do nothing are no better, if not worse, than those who commit the crimes. Like Aarvik stated, it is our lack of sympathy, concern, and emotion, otherwise known as indifference, which makes us the evildoers as well. Our indifference hardens our hearts to the suffering of others. In the past, a UN general Romeo Dallaire condemned the United States, the French, and the British for their indifference concerning the Rwandan genocide of the Tutsi people. A more relatable situation would be the issue of bullying. We often focus on the bullies, but what about those who stand around and watch rather than taking the initiative to aid another person?
2. Everyone has a different story to tell. The relationship between our experiences and our identities is that everything we have willingly (and unwillingly) experienced has shaped us into who we are. Our identities are the results of choices made in the past. Some examples in works we have read in the past are Jean Valjean, Javert, and almost all of the characters in Les Miserables. Spending the majority of their lives in the galleys fundamentally shaped who they became later on: Javert who allowed for no…
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