posted on Jan, 14 2011 @ 06:51 PM
"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
This is ATS. I know who my audience is right now and of course, this does not apply to many of us. But tell me? How often are you face to face with
Me? I speak from experience alone. Our mileage may vary.
I've lived overseas for quite a while. Grew up in both a metropolis and in a town with a population of just shy of 1000. I've been a guest to about
23 different countries, I've spent a considerable amount of time in all four corners of the United States, and you know what I've found? You guessed
it! A general "What's in it for me?"
Now, I'm not naive, I know that there are people who care, but I'm telling you, they are few and far between.
This is what keeps me awake at night.
Perhaps a significant step towards the a downfall of society as we know it. It's permeated everything to some extent..religion, work, education,
media, social, political...you name it, I'm willing to bet you can find it too.
How can we, as a people, ever advance any further if we cannot look beyond ourselves?
Why should I vote?
Why should I learn?
Why should I question?
Why should I listen?
Why should I speak?
Why should I aspire?
Why should I care?
What's in it for me?
Now self image is king. Commercialism is geared toward how it can help you. Politicians get your attention by explaining how their policies will help
you. Schools reward mediocrity, thus breeding a feeling of " who cares" to the students...our future...
Unless its beneficial to me who cares?