You don’t believe in what Facebook does, but you’re on the site because it’s occasionally useful – you’re complicit.
You sit on public transport with other people and witness someone abusing someone else without saying anything – you’re complict
A friend says something homophobic, or misogynistic but you don’t challenge them because you don’t want to have an argument – you’re complicit
Your company doesn’t recycle, or really care about the environment but you don’t say anything, even though you care – you’re complicit
You buy someone a drink or dessert when they have a drinking or eating issue – you’re complicit
You overlook a company’s track record and invest anyway, because it’ll make you money – you’re complicit.
There are so many ways of being complicit, we all do it. There are so many grades of complicit-ness. A Nazi who committed war crimes may well have simply been forced to be complicit, because of fear. Someone who overlooks corruption in Africa to protect their family, because if you aren’t complicit, things could end very badly.
Silence can be very loud indeed. Governments don’t say things about other governments, just because they don’t want to create issues. We tolerate Trump, the Queen sees him and Boris sucks up to him. That’s complicit. By association, you condone.
What are your values? Do you want to be remembered as staying true to them? What lengths would you be willing to go to to defend your beliefs? Some take the ultimate stand (warning, these pictures are shocking).
It’s so easy just to go along with things that don’t feel right. To be complicit. We all do it.
We’re complicit… and it’s not good enough.