Challenging Apathy

“They’re all as bad as each other, there’s no point…”

Whether we’re talking about religions, politics, corporations, the media, or anything else with power, this kind of apathetic thinking is really problematic. If we won’t call to account the ones who are actually awful on the grounds that nothing better exists, then what we do is give our support to the worst that’s out there.

Alternatives always exist. They may seem like long shots. There may only be small improvements you can push for. Sometimes you may have to choose between a mouldy pear and a rotten apple, but a few good bits have to be better than entirely gone off.

There are those who will tell you that wanting anything better is just naive daydreaming and you don’t live in the ‘real’ world. This of course is just another way of keeping things as they are. If the majority of us rejected this thinking, the real world would rapidly have no place for lazy cynicism.

It is easy to say ‘they’re all the same, there’s no point’. It saves a person from feeling like they have to bother. If nothing can be done, why make any effort? Why bother trying to find a reliable news source, or a party that has some values you could respect, or a religious group that isn’t a money making operation? If nothing can be made better, you free yourself from any possible reason to make any effort at all. This is how what’s worst in the world is allowed to thrive.

As long as we give ourselves excuses not to act, terrible things are given room to flourish. We have a human world made entirely of people. It’s just people doing stuff. Anything and everything can be changed if there’s the will. We don’t have to let apathy make us complicit.

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About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

3 responses to “Challenging Apathy

  • Christopher Blackwell

    Excuses are reasons that we invent for not doing what we should be doing. It excuses not making any effort to change anything, including ourselves.

  • John Davis

    A little while ago, someone scrawled in chalk on the seawall where I live: “Sometimes we build walls not to exclude but to see who cares enough to break them down”. It rather saddens me that the PM programme on Radio 4 is using everyday the reaction of that lady called Brenda to gauge people’s reaction to the impending election. It invites the listener to feel detached from, angry at and/or cynical about the privilege of being able to vote…..John/l\

    • Nimue Brown

      Voter engagement is such an important issue, but it feels like de-motivating people is happening intentionally, as with the example you give, and with saying the result is a forgone conclusion or that anything other than a vote for the main 2 parties is a wasted vote…

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