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Back in the stone ages, when I was an adolescent, I had a youth leader give me a rock for a gift. Actually she gave one to every girl there. It was a rounded stone, with a colorful sunset painted on it. On the back was written, “Fight Apathy” then she signed her name.

This youth leader was an amazingly loving lady. She had gone searching on the riverbanks for these smooth stones. She painted beautiful scenes on them, wrote on them, sealed them, then gave them as a reminder of the lesson she had been teaching. Mine has been part of the decor in my house for years. Now it is packed away in a ‘special box’ for me to pull out and remember.

For this lady to have gone to all that effort, her lesson must have been one she felt was worth the efforts!

Apathy is a lacking. It is a lacking of desire, a lacking of motivation, a lacking of emotion, a lacking of passion. Lacking of these things, means that they should have been there, but were not.

Apathy is dangerous!

As I was enjoying a few peaceful moments in the sun recently, I was pondering a number of things in my life, and when I pondered one specific issue, my thought was ‘I don’t care about that.’ My own thoughts echoed in my head. The issue was one I should care about. Throwing my hands in the air, and removing myself emotionally from the issue was not the answer. As a matter of fact, what I heard not long after my comments of ‘lacking’ was my dear, sweet, thoughtful youth leader … “fight apathy.”

To throw my hands in the air is like Pilate after the trial of Jesus, washing his hands (figuratively and literally) of the decision to crucify him. His apathy did not change the decision. His apathy did not change his part in the process. After all …

“In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men (and women) to do nothing!”
(possibly the words of Edmund Burke)

To do nothing is a decision of lacking, a decision of apathy. Our families, our world, needs for people to throw off apathetic thinking. We need to become passionate about living, and about life. We need to be the agents of change in our world … for the good of individuals, and for the good of society as a whole.

Whatever we do, we need to do it with our whole hearts, minds, souls and bodies. We need to fight apathy!

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all —
the apathy of human beings.

Helen Keller

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