Discussion: Bystander ethics – can neutrality be evil?

It is easy to be a bystander and do nothing, after all one should mind their own business and not meddle with others.
But one can argue this also aligns with the wishes of the perpetrator, while the victim needs help through involvement.
Is the bystander involved in evil by not acting? At what point does one consider the bystanders to be siding with the perpetrator through inaction? What if the conflict is not as clear cut as a crime with a helpless victim, but something vague, where the “victim” is an inferior but not helpless participant? What if the victim caused this upon themselves? 

Where do you draw the line, if at all, for when neutrality becomes evil? 

Come join us for our online VOX discussion to discuss all these questions on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 at 19:00 on the Vox Delft Discord server. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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