I am not interested in the story of the oppressor. I am concerned with the chains of the oppressed.

If we define “evil” as “that which can only occur within an environment of insincerity”, we lose our power to criticize it.

Dismissing the grievances of the wounded merely by appealing to the fact that “he didn’t know any better” or “I’m sure she meant no harm” or “he’s really a nice guy, but he just had a bad moment” misses the point entirely.

“Meaning well” does not always translate into “doing well.” And having good motives does not make one immune from producing harmful effects.

Most instances of destructive behavior are the result of ignorance and fear, not carefully calculated conspiracy.

Nevertheless, it remains our moral duty to hold ourselves and others accountable to engaging all human beings with a fundamental sense of dignity and respect.

The effectiveness or ineffectiveness of an action must be determined by its actual results not its intended consequences.

The wounds of the victim are more important than the excuses of the victimizer.

4 thoughts on “I am not interested in the story of the oppressor. I am concerned with the chains of the oppressed.

  1. If the whole world understood this, that is to say if they had both valid knowledge and a conscience (which, taken together, lead to wisdom) there would no longer be evil in the world.

  2. The scary thing is that we have all harmed others without intention. So as heinous as the image of any victimizer is to us, we ought also remember there go we… At least to some degree. And of course, not all harms are comparable. But yes, the harms of the victim take vast priority over considerations of the victimizer.

  3. There is a reason for the phrase:
    “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

    Agree heartily with the above post and all the
    thoughtful responses.

    “The effectiveness or ineffectiveness of an action
    must be determined by its actual results not its
    intended consequences.”

    This ought to be engraved on the Declaration of
    Independence.

    And a line from Gladiator to reflect on before
    we take actions that have harmful “unintended
    consequences.” …”What we do here will echo
    through eternity”…”Strength and honor.”

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