Diana Cannon | What does the abolitionist movement need to succeed?

So this week the fellowship has started taking a different tone.  We’re getting near the end of our time together, and so we’re all starting to think about what comes next in our lives.  Along with this is the question of what comes next in the movement.  Those are important things to consider, and that’s why this week we’re all using our blogs as a forum to air our thoughts on what the movement need to succeed.  Personally, I think it comes down to one thing.  People need to care.  In terms of the problems in supply chains, traffickers need to care enough not to exploit people for labor, businesses need to care enough to give them incentive not to (ie, we won’t work with you), and consumers need to care enough to motivate the businesses (ie, we won’t buy from you if you).  On top of that, legislators need to care enough to make laws, law enforcement needs to care enough to make sure the laws are followed, lawyers and doctors and aftercare specialists need to care enough to look after victims, and probably for very little (if any) pay.  There’s so much apathy in the world.  There are a lot of people who don’t even know that this is going on, but they’re getting a lot less common.  There is a much larger group of people who have some vague idea but can’t be bothered to think about it too much.  There’s a quote that I first read in junior high that has stuck with me ever since.  It is this:

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

Elie Wiesel said that.  He was a survivor of the holocaust, and went on to write powerfully about it.  To him, what the Nazis did was horrible, but the fact that the world didn’t care for a very long time was horrible in a different way.  How do you fight indifference?  If this movement is to progress, that is what we must find out.  Anyone have any ideas?


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