Most People Don't Care

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posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:20 PM
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I have been talking to people across the US about the disaster in the Gulf, and most of the people that I have spoken with don't care - especially the people on the west coast.

I have asked my friends to boycott BP, and NO ONE has. One person who lives in California said, "I don't care. BP has cheap gas, and I'm not going to let it affect my family or my lifestyle. I will still get my gas where it's cheap and close to my house." That same person went on to say, "I get my seafood from Thailand."

This is the basic attitude I have encountered. The only people who care at all are those in the immediate surrounding areas, the people who have oil washing up on their shores - others couldn't care less.

A New Yorker said, "So what? Katrina was a disaster, too, but people got through THAT."

No amount of reasoning, facts, or information has seemed to make a difference. People might die? So what?

I thought most people cared, but as it turns out, they don't. Now I understand why our government doesn't care. If the people don't care, why should they?

People only seem to care about what directly affects them. They don't care if it will affect them in the future. They don't care about anything but themselves here and now.

This is how these corporations push on and get away with so much - more people don't care than do.

I feel like I'm being betrayed by the whole world. I feel so insignificant, and there's nothing I can do about it.

Am I alone in feeling this way, and getting nothing but apathy from almost everybody?



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posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:24 PM
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Most People Don't Care. I totaly agree with your thread. Ive faced the same problems. Im looked at like an idiot for showing concern. Its astonishing, the problem is everyone has lost there critical thinking ability. or it has been subdued by chemicals and tv, and nonsense distraction. and weve been desensitized to feel no empathy.


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posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:30 PM
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They may not care now...

But they will when this ecological and economical disaster affects them and it will very soon!!

Don't be discouraged; a new day is dawning in America. It's sad that so many innocents will be affected but a huge change will happen very soon.



[edit on 1-7-2010 by whaaa]



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:30 PM
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Same around here, and some people haven't even heard about it. Hey, it's America, it's the human species, what did you expect. I mean, there's little children dying all around the world from starvation and nasty drinking water, and people line up here to be the first to get the latest POS slave manufactured iToy. It's why humanity is doomed and headed for hell. Fret not though, 89% of humanity will be gone from the Earth by November of next year.



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:33 PM
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That is the way most people are.

Unless something is up in their face.......they won't care.

Also, don't tell 'em to boycott BP! We don't need them going bankrupt before all is said and done!

Tell all your friends to specifically use BP!



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:33 PM
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I was talking about it with some people from work and they knew very little about what was actually happening in the GOM. I started to get mad because I don't understand how people could know so little about a huge disaster. I was sick to my stomach



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:34 PM
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its sad but true
and i can tell u wright now all energy trying 2to convince people of ur believes is useless
i understand u but few do
but they love to hate on u for speaking the thruth
and untill u have the answer and convince evryone about it
u betrter of say nothing


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posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:43 PM
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You really can't expect people to act as maturely, logically, and compassionately as the ones on ATS.

Most people are so idiotic and gullible that they lose their humanity and don't give a crap about anyone anymore.



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:51 PM
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Agreed.

The level of caring diminishes as the distant from the event increases.

For instance I very rarely hear anyone so much as mention it here in my country...and if they do its a case of 'who gives a dang'...



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:03 PM
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I can totally relate to your feelings. I tried to have a conversation with a friend of mine. I told her this disaster was really tripping me out due to all the devastation now as well as the future & I'm more devastated about the animals since I work with many species of animals. She said " yeah it's bad and I feel sorry for the people who live down there but I have to go collect my eggs". She has never said another thing about it & of course I have not mentioned it again...
There is an age difference...I'm 49 & she's in mid to late 60's...I often wonder if there is not only maybe a difference in some people caring verses others due to age, up bringing, way of life, & etc. I don't exactly fit or relate to the Baby Boomers, more to Gen X...I was a professional drummer...raised in the south but lived most of my adult yrs in Los Angeles as a pro drummer. All of my friends were totally into the environment & cared deeply about issues re any life. I'm living the 2nd half of my life working with animals & now reside in VA & the person I referred to earlier is from MD.
Sorry didn't mean for this to be so long & I hope I didn't bore you guys.
Also re an earlier post boycotting BP, maybe the person in CA was not only going there for cheaper gas but the owner of the gas station probably is just one of us & owns a franchise not realizing he was going to be screwed in all this mess. I wonder how much the gas station owners really know about their specific company as far as the secretive aspects.

Cheerio!



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:10 PM
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I totally agree! I was just talking about the same thing to a friend at work...
People chose ignorance because its easy.

I feel your pain and anger, I am the same way.

Sometimes I feel like most humans do need to be wiped off this planet, as there does not seem to be a way to get through to people. They laugh it off or get angry or switch off.

One thing though - like in the movie The day the Earth stood still:

- When humanity is at the brink of extinction, we shine the brightest...and maybe thats whats needed here.

I know its very easy to get depressed over this disaster and all other global government crap...however you do make a difference, we all do.
Even just by thought, a positive thought about how you want your world to be, will make a difference.
I think the more people get together and think on the same wavelength, we will start moving towards a better world.



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:15 PM
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People naturally care more about events that happen within a closer a proximity to their home and less about those that happen far away. I for one try to stay informed about events and issues that don't necessarily effect me and try to inform others as well. The worst thing is to stay ignorant and uninformed.



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:15 PM
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I am left to keep my friends and family informed of the situation as it never seems to be mentioned on the news here any more. They do care, but a sense of resignation prevails. I understand that they cannot simply boycott oil companies as our energy sources, both car and home, come from similar companies, but those I have spoken to sincerely hope for the best and think the whole situation is awful.



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:18 PM
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I get this too from people when I talk about it, and I think a big reason for it is because it's such a negative thing. No one wants to think about big doom and gloomy things. Tell them you read something that makes it seem really bad, and they're like "Yeah, I don't want to know. I don't want to think about the end of the world".
I get criticized because I come to this website to stay informed on current events, people patronizingly say things like "You believe the world is going to end in 2012....no wait, make that 2011!", and "You think the world is flat and hollow", when I don't really "believe" these things, I just read about them and find them interesting subjects. There is no difference though to most people. They won't even give it a second thought.. I'm the crazy one for caring. It's normal to be ignorant because that's what keeps people in their day to day lives. It's like 1984, you need to have the "doublethink" mind-set to stay thought of as sane. If you don't, people can see it. You're thought of as "different". I think it's linked to the unemployment, too. You're not as good of a slave when you know you're a slave.



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:19 PM
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Boycotting BP gas is so wrong its just silly.

The majority of oil produced by BP goes to making petro products, mostly plastic stuff.

only a fraction of what BP produces actually ends up as gasoline.

Boycotting BP stations will not hurt BP, it will hurt the people that own the BP stations, which are mostly hardworking individuals that live in your own communities and own one or a few local stations.

I'm as pissed at BP as the rest of you, but this is NOT the way to show your anger.

Dont protest and boycott the stations, do it at Tony's home, do it at their corporate offices, do it on the capital.



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:21 PM
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Sadly, it's all age groups. I tried talking to my son who told me " I don't want to know what's going on in the world. I don't watch the news for a reason."

When I asked him what about his daughter he just shrugged.

btw: I'm in MD.



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:25 PM
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People that don't care remind me of the people who wore fur in the past. Blood was thrown on them by protestors against the killing of animals for their fur.
I keep getting an image of people throwing oil over the west coast.
As for myself, I'm from Alabama, I care but there is nothing I can do about it.
Its one of those things most people think will go away if you ignore it and let the bigger boys handle it.



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:26 PM
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While it's true distance makes the problems seem smaller, Americans are incredibly complacent about EVERYTHING!

How many people in this country ever contemplate the obscene injustices that occur every day in other countries? As upset as I get about people's nonchalance regarding the GOM the one that pushes me absolutely to the edge is people's disregard for the economic meltdown that is and has been happening. It's right in everyone's backyard! If that doesn't get people up in arms... can't imagine what will.



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:29 PM
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Originally posted by Gamecock
Boycotting BP gas is so wrong its just silly...

Dont protest and boycott the stations, do it at Tony's home, do it at their corporate offices, do it on the capital.


Boycotting the crack dealer is so wrong it's just silly.

Don't protest and boycott the crack dealers. They just sell the stuff. They are hard working drug dealers that have to stand on the coner all day to support their families.

Yeah.



[edit on 1-7-2010 by Tha Girl They Call Roc]



posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:35 PM
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Originally posted by Gamecock
Dont protest and boycott the stations, do it at Tony's home, do it at their corporate offices, do it on the capital.



I keep having pictures in my head of lots of people buying gas and oil just to dump it on the whitehouse lawn....or wherever else they really wouldn't want it.



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