Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blog Entry #12

The nature of evil is an interesting topic to discuss when looking at the world today. I sincerely believe that Collins wrote the books thinking that there was potential for this dystopian society in the future. Personally, I feel as though evil can be defined as the absence of good, because when good people stand by and allow even to be committed, they are equally responsible. Mr. Rubin Sztajer mentioned this during his lecture on the Holocaust. Being a Holocaust survivor, Szatajer has first hand experience with evil. The atrocities committed in Europe during this period of time were witnessed by millions of people that did not speak out against it. By choosing to sit in silence while millions of people were persecuted for no reason other than their religion, evil was allowed to run rampant. Szatjer told us about his sister that cannot speak of the things she went through. He also told us that he chooses to speak out about his sufferings because he wants to prevent another tragedy like the Holocaust by educating people and teaching them to recognize the signs and speak out against evil. Dr. Josh Baron came in and spoke to the class about evil as well. He discussed what it means to be evil in terms of ethics and his lecture lined up with Mr. Szatajer's lecture. In The Hunger Games, the people of Panem watch evil unimaginable acts without acting against the government. Once Katniss provides an outlet for the citizens of Panem, they can finally speak out against the evil, and prevent it from happening again.

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