The Perils Of Indifference By Elie Wiesel

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The Perils of Indifference

What is it that separates us from animals? Is it our intelligence? Our anatomy? Or is there something more, deep inside each of us that distinguishes humanity from brute nature? To speaker Elie Wiesel, caring for others is what makes humans exhibit humanity. On April 12, 1999, Elie Wiesel delivered his speech called “The Perils of Indifference” before President Clinton and the entirety of Congress. Wiesel’s speech focuses on the atrocities that had occurred in the past century, which he claimed were products of indifference, as he attempts to explain why humanity displays apathy to such tragedies. After growing up as a young Jewish during the Holocaust, Wiesel has seen his share of inhumanity from Schutzstaffel, or SS Soldiers. Elie Wiesel’s reasoning behind delivering such an emotionally charged speech is to make his audience aware of the apathy occurring globally. Throughout his speech to Congress, Wiesel uses the persuasive elements ethos, pathos and logos to convey to his audience that it is empathy that makes us human. Elie Wiesel indirectly demonstrates ethos, or credibility, in the introduction and conclusion of his speech. In Wiesel’s opening statement, he presents a subtle way of establishing his credibility:
Fifty-four years ago to the day, a young Jewish boy from a small town in the Carpathian Mountains woke up, not far from Goethe 's beloved Weimar, in a place of eternal infamy called Buchenwald. He was finally free, but there was no…
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