Apathy. It astounds me. It’s everywhere, in every mind and every soul. Never have I felt more concerned for the future of humanity. Now, I know I haven’t lived long enough to make such observations… but isn’t youth supposed to be the flaming torch of uncontained passions that will push humanity to its next leap? Aren’t we supposed to be the dreamers? The idealists? The crazy ones?
Yet, everywhere I look, I find apathy. Apathy in older people doesn’t scare me as much as apathy in the eyes of youth. Apathy in my generation. Apathy within myself. There is nothing I abhor and fear more than this. I hope you, dear reader, are not overcome by apathy, for it is the most dreadful of defeats. The death of a human heart lies not in hatred, but in nothingness. Once your mind stops searching and you stop feeling, when your emotions freeze and crystalize inside your soul, once your dreams turn to dust and your can’s turn to cant’s… That is death. I feel like I am surrounded by death. Could this be the true zombie apocalypse? Is this it? The death of progress?
Is there nothing out there, dear reader, which makes you want to laugh out loud? Cry until you run out of tears? Speak up? Shout out loud? Punch someone? Change the world?
Is changing the world a ridiculous notion to you?
Let me ask you something, if it is not you, if it is not me… who is going to change the world? You know it needs changing, don’t you? But if none of us feel like we’re up to the task… then who will do it?
This life is all you have. This very moment is all that exists or ever will exist, the past is a memory and the future is uncertain. Are you spending your time wisely? When you look back on this day… what will make it remarkable? “Oh, but it is only one day in my life” you say.
What makes you so sure that you will have time to do whatever it is that you must do with your life? I’ve never seen such guarantee, signed by the very hand of your God of choice. Never, because there is no such thing. You could die tomorrow. You could die now.
Actually, if you want to be a fatalist, you’re dying right now. Each moment that passes brings you closer to the day of your death. After that, no one knows what happens.
Why on Earth would you waste your time? Time is all you have. You can do amazing things with it. It’s time to do it, because maybe you will not see the Sun rising tomorrow. Or even worse, maybe you will live to a hundred… and realize that you’ve done absolutely nothing of worth in your life. Is this what you want?
And please, do not for a moment think that money is the answer here. No matter how much money you earn throughout your life, it will not bring you happiness or peace. Money is just an object, and a fruitful life is never one tied to mere objects. There has to be a final objective, a mission, a plan…, which is yours? How will you change the world? Will you leave your mark or will the world never know of your existence? Will it be like you never even existed?
Yes, you might call me crazy all you like. In truth, I question my own sanity all the time. But see, here is the thing: I believe I can achieve great things. I believe I can change the world for the better, and I believe that when I’m old and wrinkled, I will be able to look back on my life and realize that it was all worth it. Being an outcast. Being ridiculed for thinking too much, as if thinking was some sort of flaw. The sleepless nights, spent writing quietly. The tears that had no explanation. The irrational feeling of a flame inside my heart. I know it will all be worth it, and that by the end of my life, I will be satisfied by what I accomplished. The thing is, I want a better world. I desperately want it, and I am determined to fight for it, whatever the cost.
I know my life is just one amongst millions, that my words may be lost in the wind, my thought buried forever. But even if I don’t succeed, I have to try. I will not spend my life following a path that has been set out for me, just mindlessly living every day with a boring routine that will lead me nowhere. Every path, eventually, leads us to our death. It is inevitable. So why, oh goodness why, would I follow the path that society has assigned me? I think it is time for all of us to realize that we can do whatever it is we want with our lives. You don’t have to go to school, then college, then have a boyfriend/girlfriend, then get married, get a job, have kids, grandkids, grow old and die. You can do that, of course, if it is what you want… but is it really what you want? This is the great question: Above everything else, what do you want to accomplish in your life? What is the point of your existence?
I think it is time for us to realize just what great power lies within us. It is time to wake up and destroy apathy, for it is killing us all. It is time to ask the important questions.
It’s time to wake up.
@andreazapiain, I’m with you girl. 110%. I have felt like this for the longest time. It’s just changing yourself and how you are to others to start the change. from there on out i’m not sure what the next step is to get to that ultimate goal of being on the same level as everyone. I think people are scared to face the truth that we are powerful, we are able to change the world,
The question is how does one use their present moment to make the change in the world? Just send out love .. send out peace and acceptance..
People act like they don’t care but when you really explain things to them, they know you are right.. not even right it’s just known to everyone what the core of everything is. And it’s Love..
Though it may seem there are many apathetic people, there are also many people who care. I’ve said it many times before – people are waking up and the world IS changing. I’ve been in your shoes. I know what it feels like to be frustrated because it seems like not enough people care. But you can’t change anyone; you can only share the information. Just remember that everyone has their own life path. Everyone has a purpose, and whether they realize it or not, they’re serving their purpose at the time. Just be patient. The world is changing. Thanks for the post. =)
Loves this. I have the same thoughts. I want to devote my life to working with people in poverty and helping as many people on this earth have water to drink, food to eat, etc.
Sounds like you are well on your way to doing great things for this world of ours. I think many people I know are interested in the wrong things and ignore real problems we face as a species.
We need to lead by example & enjoy the fact that we will be doing our part
@andreazapiain, Your voice will not be lost in the wind. It is in the minds of all who come to learn from the truth that is spoken through your words. You have given us a clearer lens to view reality in all of its nature and glory. As we are all cogs of the mechanism that is society, overfed with false images that feed the false center that disguises as our true self, that favors efficiency over creativity, that creates this shroud that clouds our insights. All who defied such a system met their ends by being assimilated into the mold of conformity. Those who survive this social pressure meet rejection and humiliation from the “normal” people.
I came here to tell you that not all of us believe in this system and are fighting for our lives everyday to do what we believe is right even if it means rejection by everyone. Your post has inspired me to create an account here on HE to tell you that you are not alone and that you should have every right to be proud of putting yourself out there onto the Internet for everyone to judge you. I look forward to what you will accomplish in life :)
@season thank you very much for reading, I believe once we wake up from conformity we can all rise together, letting go of our old conventions. “All boundaries are conventions waiting to be transcended” – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas. Thanks!
@cristinelizabeth, I’m glad to know there’s people out there who feel this way too, and I truly believe that through our present actions and words we will eventually achieve change. Also, I agree that love is at the core of it all, unconditional love for everything and everyone in this world. Thank you for taking the time to read this!
@chodebalm, I know that everyone has a different path, and I think it is absolutely correct to follow it (conventional or unconventional) as long as it is a path you consciously chose yourself. And it is true, the world is changing :) Thanks for reading!
@journeytoparadise, I think, above all, you have your priorities straight. I’m happy to know there is people like you out there, willing to dedicate their lives to an important cause. Thank you for reading, perhaps one day humanity will stop fussing over petty little things and truly look to the important situations.
@mage12175, I can’t explain how glad I am that this post reached you and had an impact on you. Really, it means so much. Also, I’m glad you’re joining the HE community, I find it all very interesting and inspiring, asking all the important questions and exploring the possible answers. I have come a long way to expose myself like this, before I never thought I could have done it… thank you so much for supporting me, it means a lot. Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read this! “My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?” – David Mitchell.
@andreazapiain, the world is always changing. that is the only thing that stays the same, so you need not worry on that.
for me apathy goes hand in hand with boredom. why am i bored? i don’t know, but its like a vast Nothing. it’s an inverse midas that turns everything it touches to shit.
as life goes on i become interested in things, and this helps define boredom and apathy as their opposite. i think that apathy is a symptom of latent nihilism. being that our cultural values have largely been driven by madness and greed, should we not feel this non-feeling?
You are of course right however. we can let this go.
Nietzsche said this:
“I praise, I do not reproach, [nihilism’s] arrival. I believe it is one of the greatest crises, a moment of the deepest self-reflection of humanity. Whether man recovers from it, whether he becomes master of this crisis, is a question of his strength!”
@kahlib, This nihilism that you talk about can either be our destruction or our redemption, just like Nietzsche wrote. It all depends on our strength and consciousness, what I fear is that too many people seem to be absorbed in mundane day-to-day interactions to even notice (or care) taht this nihilism has taken hold of our collective consciousness. I hope that in the end, our strength is enough to overcome this nothingness and then… we’ll rise.
@andreazapiain, but it’s the mundane where we will find redemption. each interaction should be important in that it is where we are engaged at the time (going back to what you wrote about moments in time). people do put too much energy into things which have no relevance though.
people don’t care because they are apathetic…and they have apathy because they don’t care. it’s a terrible cycle to be caught in, because by it’s very nature it is unrecognizable. personally, my remedy has been to find my passions, and to bend everything i do toward those passions. that way even boring things like working in the factory have purpose and become bearable.
I hope we rise, but if we fall then the cockroaches can have a go.
@vovinawol We can’t control the other people or masses, but we can control ourselves. Want to change the world? Change yourself, remove impurity from yourself and be empowered. All of us have the power to change the world, but not all of us will do it.
I literally was just thinking about this the other day. Somewhere along the line apathy became something that’s considered almost “cool”. Some people even brag about and flaunt there apathy. All the apathy is preventing us from connecting on a deeper level
“What keeps you attached to a society is the forms of deviant pleasure that it winks at. In nearly every social order that has ever existed, there has been law: state law or generally recognized prohibitions, and some people get off on breaking the law, while other people get off on the law itself, get off on enforcing it, get off on playing the cop or exasperated schoolmarm. What sets the present apart is that the prohibitions have to some considerable extent faded, which has produced a system of transgression without law or perhaps even transgression as law—what Žižek calls “the world of ordained transgression”—a society of compulsory pleasure in which you are perpetually enjoined to blow your load. ”
@andreazapiain, That was beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I fucking love you. But seriously, that literally made me tear up a bit. A very good tearing up if I might say so myself.
Your talk of time and how it is all we have made me think about how time is not really just “time” but also “space” for time and space are one (timespace, spacetime). Meaning, if the “passage of time” is not in fact “time” but rather “you” walking through “that” which creates “this” then all “this” is just one giant cosmic dance happening all right now, this very second (except for when you wait that second it disappears and yet is still there). Life is a forever flowing piece of art that you and I are creating with everything else, moving like some form of fluid like energy, all happening right now.