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Thursday, June 01, 2006 

MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS ON THE EHICAL ARGUEMENTS AGAINST FAILING TO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN DUTY TO YOUR JOB AND TO YOUR CONSCIENCE

I didn’t plan to do this tonight but felt the urge to after looking at the picture of the Sudanese kid again.

Quick Bacground
Late Kevin Carter the individual who took the photograph grew up in Apartheid South Africa and was told by senior editors to detach himself as much as he could from the people he shot so as not to contract diseases from them.Therin lies the supposed arguement for failing to act.

Personal Thoughts
Kevin Carter should never have being given the Pulitzer prize .You honor the work and the effects it’s had for indeed that one picture has probably alerted millions of people to the daily horrors of life in Darfur, but should he be praised for that of course not. He should have been ‘shooed’ for failing to respond to basic human instinct that required him to show a bit more compassion and human feeling at the expense of taking a prized picture (Kevin Carter apparently walked away after this picture was taken).His actions (as if I didn’t have enough already) makes me question our very existence as human beings the key word being ‘Human’. When a man is faced with two conflicting actions (pick up the kid and help her in whatever way you can or take the picture) and picks the latter u know we have come to a stand still as a society.


Its ironic though that what made him as a person killed him eventually … …he voluntarily chose to be a passing bystander in the events culminating in the taking of the photograph and perhaps could not reconcile his actions and live with his failure to respond to the needs of an infant hence the reason he took his own life on the 24th of July 1994.

So without boring you spare a thought for that unknown child who at such an early age was taught the hard way the lessons of survival. I truly hope the picture is an ever constant reminder to count your blessings even if u don’t have any because there is always someone in some forlone corner of the world who has it worse than you.

The last two articles on your blog have endeared me to your site. Am white South African and the death of Kevin Carter was caused by immense horrors he witnessed during the apartheid era in old South Africa, not that one failure to act alone

Of course he should have picked the child up but as you rightly pointed out millions of people would not have been made aware of the humanitarian disaster in Sudan so there are possible arguments as to why the taking the picture might have been for the greater good if we step back and look at the bigger picture.

Your views are emotionally charged but bear in mind that for those who know next to nothing about the horrors of Sudan that picture was a huge eyeopener.

Mixed blessings i say....Millions of people would never have fully grasped the true extent of the happenings in Sudan if they never came across that picture.

Great blog by the way

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