Recently, I noticed a question from The Well, a collaboration between Big Think and the John Templeton Foundation. In my view, their question was wrong as it contained an implicit answer: What’s our responsibility towards the next generation? The neutral version of the question is the one in my title above.
An opposite view can be summarized by the phrase après moi, le déluge. “It is generally regarded as a nihilistic expression of indifference to whatever happens after one is gone ” (Wiki). In my view, the words nihilistic and indifference contain an implicit moral judgement.
Is indifference always a bad thing? It’s not in my view.
A quote by Elie Wiesel claims that “the opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference” (my 2021 blog). A 1975 cover song by Nazareth claims that Love Hurts (eg, video). Hence, indifference stops the bleeding as caused by being/feeling hurt. However, indifference is also a weapon in revenge & retaliation (eg, ghosting).
Hence, people who are angry (eg, with themselves, the world) may think, feel and/or believe that they have no responsibility towards the next generation.
On my own
Could you ease my load?
Could you see my pain?
Could you please explain
Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.