|Apathy must be routed out wherever it exists. Or not.|
A widespread and insidious problem that humanity is currently experiencing is apathy. People throw their hands in the air and ask, "What can I do about it?" Many have fallen even farther to, "whatever" and "who cares?"
Albert Einstein, for one, cared deeply. He thought that it would be the opposite of caring, or apathy, that would eventually be humanities undoing.
"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything."
Sophie Scholl was a brave, non-violent activist in Munich, Germany at the time of Hitler. After risking her life daily on the streets while handing out anti-Nazi leaflets, she had no problem calling out those who mutely stood by while their world was being destroyed around them.
"The real damage is done by those millions who want to 'survive'. The honest people who just want to be left in peace. Those who don't want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who don't like to make waves - or enemies."
Again, apathy, or a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern, is the problem.
But there is a solution.
According to author Dan Millman, the answer is willpower. Tapping in to our life source and overcoming by sheer will alone.
We are more powerful than we give ourselves credit for, as Millman points out.
"Willpower is the key. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt, or fear."
And after our will has been revived and our apathy diffused by that jolt of life? What when the zest has returned?
Activist Arundhati Roy has some good ideas of how we can direct our will to stop the current round of destruction from continuing.
Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them."
We don't have much to lose, unlike Sophie Scholl who was executed for standing up to evil and being unafraid to point it out, scabs and all, to others. At this point we have a lot to gain by refusing to remain on the sidelines as passive, non-participatory blobs.
Our silence and inactivity is being taken for consent.
Do we really agree with the way things are going right now? Do enough of us care to stop the destruction of all that we love and cherish?
Can we rise above the collective apathy and change the world? Or shall we say, save the world?