google famously has a philosophy of “don’t be evil.” the philosophy is most interesting in the google acknowledges the fact that there is evil in this world. the philosophy begs the question: “who is to be good?” and “what is to be good?”
judeo-christian values the golden rule. there are a variety of these formulations. “treat others as you would like others to treat you (positive or directive form); do not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form); what you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathetic or responsive form). wikipedia.
holocaust survivor treatment offers a perspective on this issue.
recently, at the vatican, the pope showed respect to a holocaust survivor when he met with her and kissed the tattoo number on her arm. algemeiner.
recently, at the tik tok application, a holocaust survivor was commented with “happy holocaust,” “free palestine,” “peace be upon hitlar [sic]” and “ask her if she thinks the treatment of palestinians reminds her [of] the treatment she got in the camp.” further, she received a comment with the palestinian flag emoji and wrote, “holihoax, not holocaust.” this 97 year old holocaust survivor’s offense was reaching out to answer questions about the holocaust. jns.org.
while google had a vision of their goal on the internet, others truly have the agenda. part of this agenda is acting in an evil and intolerant fashion.
thus, individuals such as ms. lily ebert, the 97 year old, who reached out to offer the world insight into her experience in the holocaust is an internet hero. her attempt to provide her personal historical account is an act to being goodness meant to bring understanding to the world. she is a true role model.
in order to save the internet, it is incumbent on individuals to make more positive content is necessary. further, placing positive comments for these individuals is likewise necessary.
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