Apathy: who cares anyways?

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You say apathy; I say bullshit.

Apathy is actually the best disguise for disillusionment.

It is what takes the place of massive disappointment – when we’ve tried and failed one too many times to handle.

When we’ve come to realize that the object of our desire wasn’t so desirable after all.

Apathy is a self-protective mechanism; it shelters us from debilitating devastation by persuading us that we simply do not care.

Apathy is not emotionless; it is just a hollow emotion – it feels like emptiness.

The paradox, of course, being that feeling empty is still feeling something. It’s just a mask for other more difficult feelings that we have repressed.

Apathy is akin to learned helplessness: the state of being wherein a person suffers from an insurmountable sense of powerlessness, stemming from a painful event or a recurring failure to succeed.

It’s when we’ve ran after our dreams with our heart and soul, and we’ve fallen. And we are so traumatized by the fall that we lose any trace of the desire to try again.

Apathy is the mind-state of the living dead; where there was once a vivacious, juicy desire to grasp at the joys of life, there is now a complacent, bleak attitude. Apathy salutes everyone and everything with a wishy-washy “whatever”.

Perhaps most dangerous, is that apathy is a resignation of the self. It swaddles you in safety, but it does so by alleviating you from the desires and drives that caused you pain. It drives a wedge between who you are – your burning innate desires – and your conscious mind. So you are outwardly – and even inwardly – convinced that you truly want nothing from life.

With apathy as your shield, you want nothing, you yearn for nothing – you ache for nothing.

The key to overcoming apathy is to surface the underlying issues. Many large diseases point to poisonous underlying factors: apathy is a disease of the mind that stems from unhealed emotional wounds.


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