justly accountable

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) was an English philosopher and political economist. He was an influential contributor to both social and political theory. He wrote that:

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

If we agree with Mill’s statement then it follows that we must hold ourselves just accountable for the death of another 25,000 of our human family who we allowed to die in the past 24 hours due to our inaction. We know we can end hunger in our lifetime, yet we allow it to continue causing untold evil and unnecessary suffering on the poor and hungry.

When will we align our actions with our professions of faith? When will our lifestyles begin to match the lip service we give to being moral and caring people?