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2004

Chapman University

Educational Leadership

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We Change The World By Doing Nothing, Suzanne Soohoo Jan 2004

We Change The World By Doing Nothing, Suzanne Soohoo

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"The focus of this essay is on what I refer to as 'bystander apathy.' Bystanderism is the response of people who observe something that demands intervention on their part, but they choose not to get involved. I write this piece to shed light on this issue for others as well as for my own self-reflection - to understand more deeply why some people act against abuses of power and others don't; why sometimes I act and sometimes I don't. What are the forces, both internal and external, that work to keep us all from speaking against and standing up ...