When we were school age, and we whined that “everybody’s doing it,” our parents always responded with some variation of “If everybody jumped off a cliff, does that mean you would too?” Good advice. We knew it then, but we’ve forgotten it now. Fortunately, Jewish über-parent, Dennis Prager, is here to remind us:
If you are ever morally confused about a major world issue, here is a rule that is almost never violated: Whenever you hear that “world opinion” holds a view, assume it is morally wrong.
And here is a related rule if your religious or national or ethnic group ever suffers horrific persecution: “World opinion” will never do a thing for you. Never.
“World opinion” has little or nothing to say about the world’s greatest evils and regularly condemns those who fight evil.
The history of “world opinion” regarding the greatest mass murders and cruelties on the planet is one of relentless apathy.
Prager doesn’t stop, of course, with conclusions. The remainder of his column is provides facts demonstrating why world opinion, just like the “everybody’s doing it” in high school, is so often bad, wrong or dangerous.