Apathy In Your Life

“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction”

- William Osler

Apathy is a feeling of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion. An apathetic person has an absence of interest or concern to emotional, social, or physical life. They may also exhibit an insensibility or sluggishness which can if left unchecked, lead to a state of depression.

When watching the news at night there seems to be no lack of apathy in our world. But when you sit back and think about it, often those that are the most involved with an issue are the ones that are the contrarians to societal norms. Yet their voices are being heard and those that are apathetic about the issue are not heard.

Is it true that the squeaky wheel gets the most attention? Quite possibly because those that sit back apathetically and refuse to have their voice heard or get involved are the ones that complain the most when something goes against their strong beliefs or societal norms.

Apathy is often a topical emotion that creates a lack of concern in a particular area of interest. Apathy is a lack of passion for the issue, situation, or lack or concern or interest. At what level you choose to participate, emotional, social or physical will determine what provides meaning for you in your life. By giving back, you can keep apathy at bay.

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