The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato
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. Helen Keller
Public apathy is more powerful than public opinion. There’s more of it. Jim Boren, M.D.
Apathy is an indifference that harms our nation as well as ourselves. Too many people are apathetic. They sit back, are unconcerned, uninvolved, and vegetate. They do not appear to be engaged and are rather indifferent about things going on in our country and in the world. “Man in the street interviews” are done showing that some do not even know the names of their own elected leaders.
As a nation, when we have had to be engaged, we have mustered up what it takes; done what needs to be done; and raised to the challenges facing us. Somehow, despite our apathy, we can get it together when we have had to. What if we were more engaged, less apathetic? Apathy is a weakness and causes our country to be more vulnerable than it should ever be.
The so-called “silent majority” is guilty of apathy, or at least indifference. This means they we are passive, inattentive, silent and largely uninvolved in things that are truly important. We lack emotion, passion, and commitment to the bigger picture. We tend to sit back and complain rather than taking active and committed roles. We are not “doers”. Not only do we lack on a national scale, we are lacking in personal commitment, motivation and self-discipline.
There is also, the apathy we have concerning on own individual lives. Our lives are on “automatic pilot”. We go through days, weeks, and months without thinking very much about where we are going or what we are doing. In many respects we are more or less just existing, ‘vegetating’, enduring. We are “poorly” engaged in our lives. We are living ‘passively’ instead of ‘proactively’. We are being “blown by the wind.” We lack sufficient goals and aspirations that inspire, motivate, and focus our attentions. We get caught up in the ‘rat race.’ We try to keep up with the ‘Jones.’ We do not take time to “smell the roses.” We are best described as being a passenger on life’s tour bus rather than the driver and tour guide.
Apathy is one of the reasons why so many of us seem to be accomplishing so little. We have such great potential. We have gifts, talents and skills. We are wasting much of our life. Overcoming apathy turns on the sense of adventure, adds vitality to life, and adds more meaning and purpose to our daily living.
Challenge: Does the word, ‘apathy’ apply to you? Is it adversely affecting the quality of your life? Is it robbing you of vitality and energy? Be more conscious and sensitive to these things. You are responsible for allowing this to happen. Re-examine your commitment or lack of commitment to important areas. Overcome your lack of direction and of involvement. Take apathy and indifference seriously. Go forward with more passion.
Wisdom: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
We are not supposed to be vegetables. We have work to do. God empowers us and wants us to be his hands and feet and help make a difference in this world. He cannot use us if we are apathetic and indifferent. We are his witnesses and examples. We are either good witnesses or bad witnesses. If we make ourselves available, God provides opportunities to do good things. We should not let apathy hold us back from what we should be doing.
Prayer: Help me to overcome apathy in my life, help me to be engage in the things that are important.