The most dangerous emotion in the world isn’t anger, it’s apathy. Apathy is the opposite of empathy, meaning you don’t care at all and lack emotion. When you’re angry or feeling wrathful, you at least are showing you care about something.
Based on my limited experience, let me use common intuition to make a basic prediction of you, the reader. You’re in your early to mid-twenties and a college student. Since you’re reading this thoroughly, you’re likely someone on the political right wing with at least a mild interest in politics. Your list of close friends is either small or non-existent, with only a decent handful of shallow acquaintances you occasionally meet up with every now and then at bars or restaurants. You sometimes go to events catering to Republicans, Conservatives, or even Libertarians of your demographic, only to take flyers you’ll never look at. If you show intrigue to be a better participant, you don’t fulfill your end of the deal by ignoring messages asking people to volunteer, show up, or do something relatively productive. You didn’t realize things were expected of you, so you bail.
If you say this doesn’t describe you, I’d say maybe more than half of you are lying. This is something many people who work for various political parties, clubs, or organizations deal with daily. People don’t vote, people don’t do anything. Yet, they complain every single day about the state of either the world or their country. You are outraged by something, but the greatest thing you’ll do about it is blab about it to someone or write an unmeaningful post on social media with countless hashtags.
Every day is a constant battle for me to still care since no one else does. I want to help, and I want to do things, but when I try to build something for my own group (The Cumberland County Young Conservatives), no one shows up no matter what I do in terms of networking. I had to put that group on hiatus while learning what I can do better now that I am a Political Science major at NCSU as of this semester. When I would door knock or electioneer at the polls, no one would do it with me. Having an activistic mindset can be cripplingly lonely. As previously stated, all political parties or organizations experience this hopeless and defeatist attitude every day. The hardest part about it, I would say personally, is that when you finally do accomplish something all on your own, you magically have supporters who take partial credit that wasn’t there with you in your darkest moments.
Crooked politicians rely on this for everything to stay the same. They want you to be distracted with your family, friends, your job, school, or any other responsibility or issue you deal with. Along with constantly sitting on your couch scrolling on your phone for meaningless content to stimulate your goldfish brain. To achieve this, many people simply need to work on self-improvement to be more than just egotistical and hedonistic consumers. The first step is as simple as engaging with your community government and knowing how to reach them to make your voices heard. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done because most don’t partake in the supererogatory. Meaning only doing the bare minimum of what is expected from you outside of your regular obligations.
In conclusion, if the average person doesn’t change neither will the state of America- or the world for all that matter. Corruption will still exist, evil people will still get away with crimes against humanity because they have powerful influences, and people will still be naïve to it all. I know that I still have a lot to learn. Being aware that you’re ignorant rather than believing to be relatively knowledgeable about it all is the best step towards motivating yourself to diminish the apathy killing America.