The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
A Trumpeter during a battle ventured too near the enemy and was captured by them. They were about to proceed to put him to death when he begged them to hear his plea for mercy. ¡§I do not fight,¡¨ said he, ¡§and indeed carry no weapon; I only blow this trumpet, and surely that cannot harm you; then why should you kill me?¡¨
¡§You may not fight yourself,¡¨ said the others, ¡§but you encourage and guide your men to the fight.¡¨
Words may be deeds.
What does everyone think. I think that too often people think that by standing by passively, not speaking up for anyone or anything, that they are doing the right thing, the better thing. Then no one can get angry at them for being on one side or another. But I am of the opinion that not saying something can be just as significant as saying something. Kind of like active and passive euthanasia… if you throw someone into a pool and drown them, or if you stand by while someone is kicking and thrashing, then drown, … is one any less morally reprehensible than the other? An intention to kill surely is horrible, but a lack of intention to save is no better. To say that the person who stood by and watched had no part in the death is bull.