When Indifference Equals Acceptance
After reading Gene Nichol’s reprinted article from the News & Observer (North Carolina’s Shame: Poverty, Right Before Our Eyes,” Feb. 5), I send a resounding thank-you to The Pilot.
It reminds me of a book I recently came across, “Invisible Cities,” by Italo Calvino, written in 1972. In it a fictional story frames our state’s and country’s situation quite nicely.
An aging Kublai Khan sits in a garden with Marco Polo, lamenting the demise of his empire. Marco Polo makes an astute observation: “Yes, the empire is sick, and, what is worse, it is trying to become accustomed to its sores.”
Dr. Nichol has pointed to our sores. When we show indifference to your sores, we give acceptance to them. This accepting them gives permission for your sores to continue on and on.
In the end, it lessens us as to who we are as a state and nation.
Bill Newton, M.D.
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