Apathy

(Photo credit: http://mrsgee.deviantart.com/art/Apathy-Bear-139883010)The greatest danger to our future is apathy. (Jane Goodall)

It’s so true, isn’t it?

Environmental concerns are what keep me awake at night, as do images of factory farming (animal factories) and poverty in 3rd world countries.  I fear for the future of my unborn grandchildren. What kind of a planet will they  inherit? What kind of society are we becoming?

And yet, do I speak up? Not often. I make contributions to organizations that are working to make a difference and I try to live in a way that leaves the least damaging footprint, hoping that I’m leading by example. But I know that is not enough. When I see other people’s apathy toward the state of our planet, or to absurd practises (ie. trophy hunting) I tend to keep my thoughts to myself.  I don’t like to make waves, but I guess that’s yet another form of apathy.

(Photo credit: http://mrsgee.deviantart.com/art/Apathy-Bear-139883010)

Thoughts from two more of my heroes.                                                                                                                    Apathy1Apathy2

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4 thoughts on “Apathy

  1. Wise quotes Shelley and I think what you say is true of many of us – I used to speak up as a teenager and young adult about issues when I had that idealistic zeal, but I think I’ve become less likely to do so as I get older.

  2. Agreed. Apathy is cancerous, but until we find a better cure lets not underestimate the power of leading by example (like you say) and maintaining good habits like not being judgmental. MLK also said, “I’ve decided to stick with Love, Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

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