Good and evil, darkness and light, peace and war, fear and courage, love and hate. It can be said that all things in the world exists with parallels and contradictions. Counterparts to everything can be found and nothing stands on its own unrivaled stage.
There exists a notion that everything in the world can be classified using their counterparts, as either black or white. A mindset of good or evil rules over us as we are forced to choose a single path of the multiple laid in front of us, spreading the idea that one must choose one side of the fence over the other. They believe that to embrace one idea means the other has been renounced. There are those who believe that one word is sufficient enough to describe anything that they know and understand.
However, to disregard the middle ground, the grey area, is akin to willfully embracing ignorance, something I would even go as far to describe as a crime of grand proportions. To force definitions onto every existence of this world under two categories is severely limiting and ultimately serves only the purpose of restricting potential.
Similarly, to classify bystanders as ignorant, displays a level on ignorance in itself and represents a kind of hypocrisy. To deny the existence of a bystander, to force them to conform to a set of beliefs or be deemed ignorant, is to deny the in between area that exists in the black and white world. The bystander is not ignorant but overly aware. They understand their position and don’t have to label themselves.
Rather, the world is vast and without boundaries, without lines that divide us into separate sections. In reality things can be described as a spectrum, a wide range of opinions and perspectives and while we may seek to understand all of these views, we never truly will. We cannot antagonize those who choose to remain quiet, those who refuse to speak up, or those who do not challenge your status quo for we cannot claim to truly understand their beliefs or their ideas. I believe the most appropriate course of action is to simply trust in the bystander’s true belief and trust that they have accepted the circumstances with their own worldview in a way that they are able to comprehend.
Over the years, the world seems to have forgotten this idea. Time and time again, whether in activist movements or in the beliefs of others, I have seen people taking on an “us against them” mentality. They have lost the interpretation of the idea that all of humanity is connected. They have taken on fights with those who don’t represent what they fight against. They have forgotten that they are not underdogs but the majority in control. To treat a minority as a majority gives far too much credit to those unworthy.
The world cannot be answered by a yes or no.