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03 November 2008

Apathy is for the Apathetic

ap·a·thy [ap-uh-thee] –noun, plural -thies: lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.

So, what moves you?

We hear of folks that claim to care about their country, their faith, their team, their neighbors, their whatever, but when the bright lights of public recognition dim and the dark shadows of solitude many people's flames are still a flickerin'?

"Character is what you do when nobody is watching"
- Anonymous

Man if I had a dollar every time I preached that to my kids, my students, my employees...

Voting is of course an easy and classic and yeah, measurable, way to validate one's public and private position on ( fill in the blank ) issue. Assuming of course one votes mindfully and doesn't just vote for who or what is popular.

Some issues take a bit more courage and depth of character to tackle though, eh? And while nobody I know is perfect, what a noble goal indeed.

"Moral courage and character go hand in hand... a man of real character is consistently courageous, being imbued with a basic integrity and a firm sense of principle."
- Martha Boaz

One might say they want to help the homeless, but when they are confronted with a homeless person, how many actually help versus how many look away?

As I mentioned in my diatribe against some of the Baptist Bigots the other day, the most self righteous among them boycotted the Disney Corporation because Disney allowed gay people into their business. As I said then, one might say they are against the Disney Corporation, but how many will still sneak a peek at the scores on SportsCenter or rent Cars or Wall-e on DVD?

** I actually support anyone's right to boycott, generally make arses of themselves, etc. of course. Their publicity seeking antics give me endless amounts of material from which to comment on!

One might say they are against illegal aliens, but when offered a low rate on computer repair, house cleaning, yard maintenance etc from an illegal alien, how many actually look away and hire them (cash only of course)?

One might say they are against the darkness, but how many will actually make an effort to turn on the light?

"There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion."
- Carl Jung

So, what moves you? And if you're not moved, then why not?


Dana said...

Personal integrity moves me. Being able to get up each morning and like the person staring back in the mirror at me - knowing that I've done the very best that I can to make a positive change, whether acknowledged or not.

Michael M. said...

It's hard to be my typical flippant self with that response Dana! Outstanding!