Psalm 36

Psalm 36

“He does not reject evil.” (36:5)

It is not enough to passively avoid evil. If your friends are doing bad things and you close your eyes, you become a party to it. Shetika k’hoda’ah dama’i, silence is the equivalent of consent. As the great parliamentarian, political philosopher, and statesman Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people*] to do nothing.” If you hear a racist/sexist/homophobic joke, the only acceptable response is to reprove the teller. You don’t need to shout. You need only to clearly and calmly state your objection.

*actual quotation, “men”

One thought on “Psalm 36

  1. When I worked at the telephone co. in the 60’s I overheard a tasteless Polish joke while seated at another table.A girl who was also Polish and seated at the jokester table, got up, took her lunch tray and said to the joker “That joke was not only in bad taste,but it was very hurtful to me as a Pole.” You could hear a pin drop.


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