October 22     

Today's quotation:

Apathy and evil.  The two work hand in hand.  They are the same, really.  Evil wills it.  Apathy allows it.  Evil hates the innocent and the defenseless most of all.  Apathy doesn't care as long as it's not personally inconvenienced.

Jake Thoene

Today's Meditation:

Evil isn't necessarily the kind of awfulness that we associate with supernatural beings.  Sometimes it's right here at home, defined as "profoundly immoral and wicked."  And apathy is its partner in many cases, because apathetic people tend not to care what's going on around them, or they care but do nothing to fight the evil that they see.  Heck, they don't even do anything to support the good.  Apathy is one of the major causes of social dysfunction that we have, for apathy allows the rise of those who want to sabotage other people-- and those who want to do this are certainly not apathetic, but extremely active for the most part.

Sometimes apathy is disguised as fatalism:  my efforts won't have any effect, so why bother?  The truth is, though, that we'll often never really know if and how our actions do have effects.  Perhaps the person we inspire to action will run for public office one day, and have a tremendous effect.  Perhaps our words will convince someone else to vote a different way.  When we're fatalistic, we're just giving ourselves an excuse to make no effort at all.

Terrible things do happen on our planet, no matter how positively we try to view our world.  But the antidote to evil is not inaction, for that inaction allows the evil to continue unabated, and we become accomplices to the bad things that are happening.  And we don't want that.  Even if our influence is very small and seemingly insignificant, we need to do all that we can to work for the good-- which means working against the evil.  On any level that we can, in any ways that we can.

Let's not let apathy become our guiding force.  Rather, let's be active and aware and alert, so that when bad things do arise, we can be on the side that's working to eradicate them rather than on the side that just doesn't care that these bad things are going to have terrible consequences for many living things on our planet.  Apathy will eat us up inside, even as it pretends to be keeping us in a comfortable, conflict-free world.  The harm that it can do us makes it worth the effort to keep it out of our lives.

Questions to consider:

What are some of the terrible things that apathy has allowed to happen?

What are some ways that you can think of to fight apathy in your own life?

How might you make sure that you're staying active, even in small ways?

For further thought:

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

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