Apathy is a state of indifference — where an individual has an absence of interest or concern to certain aspects of emotional, social, or physical life.
Apathy can be object-specific — toward a person, activity or environment. It is a common reaction to stress where it manifests as “learned helplessness” and is commonly associated with depression. It can also reflect a non-pathological lack of interest in things one does not consider important.
william james called indifference “the trait in human character most likely to make the angels weep.”
I have seen a ton of apathy within the Deaf community – seems when folks r not busy attacking each other (u too Big D, u too small d, Deafhood stinks, Gallaudet protest foolish, “not Deaf enough” rules, etc etc etc), folks are pleading neutrality or indifference.
This saddens me greatly because i dont think Deaf folks really are indifferent – on a whole they r a very passionate group – have plenty to sign out about on very important issues HOWEVER many / most are very reluctant to commit it to writing or to have it publicly recorded – the FEAR factor champs
Gandhi said “Whatever you do may seem insignificant, it is most significant you DO IT.”
This is our rally cry – peaceful, positive, and proactive activism. Let us not make the angels weep.
PS: i promise ill do a vlog soon – just requires a bit more time to compose and generate than a quick post
PSS: someone recently reminded me of a comment i had posted in the Deaf pagan website which the blogger had asked to lift and post as a blog entry – in re-reading my post, I see it may have relevance to the above and might be of interest to others who may not have seen it yet:
thanks Ocean for having posted it