How many people are there in the United States? Something like 320 million give or take a family named Jones. I would venture to guess of those 320 million there are maybe 100 million who are infected with the disease of apathy. Oh, I might be off by ten million, but I think I’m pretty close in that estimate.
It goes something like this…. “It’s not my problem so why should I give a shit?” Or how about….”I’d love to help out but I don’t know what to do” or one of my personal favorites….”I don’t have the time to get involved in someone else’s problems.”
I called it a disease earlier; let’s amend that to say epidemic.
We are in this together. We will sink or swim as a community together. Oh, we can be counted on to say the right words when a catastrophe hits, and we might even donate some clothes and food during the holidays, but what about the other 350 days out of the year?
Children are stolen off of the streets and sold…here in the United States. Veterans are homeless and die of exposure….here in the United States. Our rights are being systematically stripped from us….here in the United States. Abuse, drug addiction, hunger….here in the United States. Not our problem? If not us, then who? Whose problem is it if not the citizens who make up this community?
It’s interesting being a writer. I can write an article about building a cheap greenhouse and I will receive thousands of views and comments. Then I write an article about becoming a real, caring human being, and I’m lucky to receive one hundred views.
I’m not sure what that says about society, but I suspect apathy plays a big part in it.