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What do you think Faber means when he says, "those who don't build must burn"? Do you...

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Posted May 11, 2010 at 11:54 AM via web

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What do you think Faber means when he says, "those who don't build must burn"? Do you agree with him?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM (Answer #1)

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What Faber is saying is similar to an old saying from the '60s -- "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."  What he is saying is that people who do not want to do things that are helpful (building) are going to do things that are destructive (burning).

I do not really agree with this statement.  I think that it is possible to be pretty neutral.  I think that there are surely plenty of people who do not actively do especially good things.  I count myself among them.  I am not some big philanthropist or volunteer or anything like that.  But, at the same time, I don't think I'm tearing anything down.  I don't think that you have to be either a great benefit to society or a great harm.  I think you can be neutral.

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