It’s true that there are some situations where those lines apply. Most of the time, however, they are a cop out. It’s an excuse, an excuse not to get involved, not to invest your time or energy to resolve a situation. It reminds me of how an animal freezes when caught in the headlights of an oncoming car. Thinking that if they don’t move, nothing would happen; as long as they are frozen, they can’t be seen. You and I know that isn’t how it works for animals…and it is also not the way it works for people.
Remaining frozen in a state of indecision or being unwilling to get involved, can equate to the same result. How many tragedies could be prevented if people would be willing to get involved when a small problem presents itself, instead of waiting until it’s a huge problem? How many people could have been saved if someone had stopped Adolf Hitler from the outset? If someone had simply said, “It’s not right to persecute others and it has to be stopped, immediately.” If people had stepped up, instead of ducking their heads and hoping to avoid the persecution themselves.
Are you choosing to get involved or do you try to avoid and hope that no one notices? Every day you have the opportunity to do the “right” thing. Only you can decide what that is…what does doing the “right” thing mean to you?