Get out of the way! - I'm here!

A suicide bomber straps him/herself in a bomb vest, goes to a supermarket in Beirut, Baghdad or Tel-Aviv and blows her/himself up in order to kill infidels and gain access to paradise. Even assuming that the access to paradise could be gained that way (something I personally doubt very seriously), one needs to ask him(her)self the question: what about the ones who will become orphans because of my actions? or maimed? or loose a child or a spouse? Can Paradise be gained at the expense of ignoring the reality and humanity of those around us?

An activist on the left wants to force a whole group to take a specific action that agrees with his/her point of view, in spite of the divisiveness it creates. Even if the requested action is valid (and many times it is ) one needs to ask her/himself the question: what about the group solidarity? what about the consensus? how can we (if we can) reconcile actions with the realities of a diverse group or community? Can we sacrifice group solidarity for political goals?

An activist on the right wants to force a whole group to take a specific action that agrees with his/her point of view, in spite of the divisiveness it creates. Even if the requested action is valid (and many times it is ) one needs to ask her/himself the question: what about the group solidarity? what about the consensus? how can we (if we can) reconcile actions with the realities of a diverse group or community? Can we sacrifice group solidarity for political goals?

An individual decides not to act on something he/she considers wrong because they don't want to be in a position of discomfort; it is certainly more comfortable to be agreable and pretend that what happens around us does not affect us...to just concentrate on our own little shtetl and to ignore what is around us. Even if this would be a sound course of action (and I don't believe it is) one needs to ask him/herself how does this inaction affect others? can it affect us directly tomorrow, even if today we don't believe it is an issue? When is it better to stop the snowball: when it starts at the top of the hill or when we wait for it at the bottom?

So what is the difference between these examples and the reckless driver? Is there any difference?...You decide...

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