Digest of terms


the phenomenon of being present at or walking past when someone is being hurt or assaulted, whilst yet remaining in the role of passive observer. This is widely remarked in a variety of contexts - generally in any public setting or more specifically in a military or prison one. Explanations given include 'self-protection' against the danger of attracting comparable hurt, actual indifference, or the paralysis of shock. The long-standing tradition of justifying use of violence in certain circumstances speaks of 'not standing idly by the blood of your neighbour'.

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