reply to post by Freeborn
That is your opinion, and you are entitled to it. However the apathy isn't exclusively because of the reasons you described. Maybe it is in the more
authoritarian states in the ME, but doubtful it is as strong a reason in your country or other western/developed nations -- immigration issues are a
more likely case. Something worth exploring. Now let me explain why the sentiment is "why bother?" by comparing it to other issues with different
groups of people who share that sort of sentiment.
Let's take atheists for example. How many times do people of faith say something along the lines of "the atheists are trying to overthrow the
faith"? How many times an atheist has to defend their position by saying "no, and we aren't one collective group out to get you"?
Or how about Jews. How many times do people say "the Jews control the world"? How many times do they have to say "we're just normal people like
Christianity (this is for you, Ashley). How many times have slanders of their religion come up so much so that Ashley has a unique signature so as to
avoid having to repeat herself again and again ad infinitum? (creative way of avoiding having to repeat yourself though, Ash )
Now move away from religion and go towards other topics. Take anthropogenic global warming for example. How many times people say "no such thing,
it's cycles." How many times do proponents have to explain "yes, it's cycles, but human are affecting the current cycle"?
Or take the issue of the meaning of theory in science. How many people say it's just a theory (whatever the theory in question may be)? How many
times do scientists have to explain the difference between 'scientific theory' and everyday theory/speculation?
Contrails. How many times do people claim they are government experiments? How many times people have to explain the reason there are more of it is
because there is more air-travel today?
After explaining for the n-millionth time, people get jaded and figure "ah phooey. Why bother? I've gone through this argument so many times
with hardly an effect. It's like I'm talking to a brick wall here."
Time is finite. We can't be talking about the same thing over and over again, day-in day-out. It gets tedious, boring, tiresome and one ultimately
feels it is a waste of time.
That is the apathy I'm talking about. It's the same with this issue (Muslims criticising the problems in their ranks). The sense of
"sheet-metal, it's hopeless. People will continue believing what they want to despite evidence to the contrary. F it all."
Edit: Sigh... why is it that spelling/grammar mistakes are only noticed after posting and not during preview?
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