If you or a loved one suffer from apathy to social justice issues, politics, and the stark intersection of the two, and exhibit any of the following sentiments:
- my voice doesn’t matter because I don’t believe in the power of aggregate opinion
- I don’t care about the problems of others, even though my silence is precisely what enables their continued plight
- lending my voice to amplify the concerns of others conflicts with my own pursuit of happiness
- I personally do not experience a problem, therefore I don’t care about it
- I personally do not experience a problem, therefore I don’t believe that it truly exists
- I personally do not experience a problem, therefore I believe its victims must deserve to experience its trappings
….please use your voice and example to change their minds. In the same way that the silence of the apathetic allows subjugation of the minority to flourish, so too does our own apathy towards the apathetic allow apathy to bubble over into the sad map of national indifference pictured above. If your loved ones are shocked that a bumbling, blathering buffoon was elected by only a misguided but passionate minority, explain that they shouldn’t be; that inaction, more than any other factor, is what empowers and emboldens the worst in society.
Apathy is extinguished one person at a time through our efforts. Its sufferers can have an effect for change, just as they currently have an effect for regression. Inaction is also a type of action, as the map more than illustrates. Being at liberty to choose inaction is a privilege that many do not have, because for them inaction directly threatens their access or protections related to their workplace, income, home, healthcare, legal protections…. even their abilities to have families of their own.
So, let’s start with the bare minimum and work up from there: Please ask your apathetic loved ones to show up at least one day a year [at their polling place] to exercise the human condition known as empathy.