by Chris Dolley
Slackers have a bad press.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” after Edmund Burke
“First they came for the communists…” – Martin Niemoller
Both are classics, and both warn of the danger of doing nothing. And yet … isn’t the real danger from those pro-active types who get excited and insist on doing things – like taking over countries and moulding populations to their will? If everyone was apathetic there’d be no war – we’d still be in bed. Or more likely still in the ocean. An apathetic amphibian would have taken one look at land and thought – no, climbing up there looks too much like hard work. I’m fine where I am. Mmmm, shrimp.
And yet the poor slacker gets blamed for the triumph of evil and the rise of Hitler. Why? Because History, and memorable quotes, are written by winners. And slackers, not believing in competition, can never be winners.
Well, I think it’s about time that evil and Hitler took their share of the blame.
So here are the revised quotes:
‘All that is necessary for the defeat of evil is that bad men do nothing’
‘They never came. It was raining.’
Chris Dolley is an English author living in France with a frightening number of animals. More information about his other work can be found on his BVC bookshelf .