Apathy: A Death Wish
"Science may have found a cure for most evils: but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all--the apathy of human beings." Some might think that when Helen Keller spoke those words, she was talking about some weird disease in an exotic place that affects people in the slums. Or probably a flaw found in the mentally ill. She was not talking of a disease or a problem that affects only one group of people, but one that affects society as a whole. Apathy is not some dreaded illness that attacks only the weak. Apathy is instead a base part of humanity, one that we as a people would rather not admit to, even as it stares us in the eye. What is apathy? Why is it such a hated word, such an awful state to be living in? Quite simply, apathy is indifference. Apathy is not so much a physical issue, nor is it merely a symptom of boredom, as it is a problem within our spirit. It is a collapse of the will to vigorously press forward under the burdens of contrary forces and constant repetition of tasks until we either no longer care about activities or their outcomes, or we mechanically go through the motions in a state of sleepwalking where we perform the tasks necessary but are not really consciously involved as we ought to be. Apathy is indifference to the sufferings of others. Apathy is indifference to the happenings of the world around the individual. Apathy is indifference to anything that does not directly affect that specific human being, or his surroundings. Apathy is remaining neutral in the face of adversity if the problem does not directly concern that person. Apathy has always been the shame of humanity, and will continue to plague us until we realize that our minute lives are not all that matters in this world. Apathy comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. We come across apathy or indifference almost every single day of our lives. We have encountered them in all of the articles that we’ve read in class. But have you ever wondered...
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