The Danger of Apathy

“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.”–Dan Millman

One of the greatest illness that affects our lives is apathy.  The dictionary defines apathy as: a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion.  An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical or physical life.

The mind is like a muscle, the more we use it, the more it becomes strengthened and the more we are able to accomplish and  fine tune it in order to accomplish all that we set out to do.  Granted, there are days that you might wake up and feel a lack of initiative or “get up and go”, but should you begin to entertain this as being your “normal”  state of mind, beware!

With all the great new technology at our finger tips, the numerous venues of entertainment, it is all too easy to come to the false conclusion that, if I am not being entertained, or if it is not “fun” then why bother.  The great danger today as parents and raising our children in this new technological advanced, gizmo-abundant world, is that they grow up getting addicted to constant entertainment.  When however, once they get to be adults, they find that life is not all fun and games, there is a lot of responsibility that needs attending to that can be way too “down to earth” and downright “boring”.

I believe life with all its challenges, both positive and negative, must be confronted  with a sense of excitement and challenge.  If you entertain the spirit of apathy, you are setting yourself up to a more serious problem of depression, and depression can lead to a list of other complications. The answer to this is NOT anti-depressant drugs as they only lead to addiction and eventually drain your bank account and add to your woes.

You have to guard your mind, and by saying guard your mind I mean use it by seeking out new interests.  You have to actively and aggressively fight this state of mind and attitude of “whatever”.  You have to realize that you are important and that you are needed no matter how insignificant you may feel! No man is an island, you affect people one way or the other.

Personally if I can have even just one person comment that what I have to share helped them, then my whole existence has new meaning!  It was worth my time to write my article, it was worth the effort that I made to get out of bed this morning, it was worth having gone through all that I have in my life.  Because if you can be there for just one person, you have begun to change the world!  The world around you!

If you have a child, a friend, a colleague anyone you might know that seems to be lacking in motivation, interests, and are into themselves, or don’t seem to care about anything, take the time to talk with them, share with them your interest, take them out to do something get them involved in something!

Get involved yourself with community projects, find some new trade you might think interesting and read about it. It takes just that initial act of getting started  on something new (which is always the hardest part) and you will have a whole new lease on life! Do not get sucked into just being entertained, start caring about what is going on around you! Get involved, shake yourself up as if you yield to apathy, it is the beginning of death! Don’t be like the person of whom it was said “died at 20 buried at 80″ start living now!

I would be interested if you have been a victim of apathy in your life, tell us a story on how you overcame it!  Please do leave your story here! Thank you!

8 Replies to “The Danger of Apathy”

  1. That is one of the biggest challenges our generation and the next faces – apathy. Glad you wrote about it. Would love to see more on how to motivate people.

    1. Thank you for visiting Lisa, I appreciate your comments! You are right, so sad yet true. It seems that the more distractions and things we have, we tend to grow apathetic towards reality. I hope to be posting more on motivation as you have suggested! Blessings!

  2. Coming from rural North Carolina, I see many people with plenty of intelligence and skill do nothing with their lives, and to them and everyone around them that’s just fine. The life goal seems to be stay out of trouble and be good to your family. No one seems to understand any reason whatsoever to do anything more. I couldn’t live that way. Now that I live in Minneapolis, things are much different, and if you aren’t contributing to society you get left behind. I love the huge amount of volunteerism I see in Minnesota.

    Thanks for this post; very inspiring!

    1. Hi Jason, thank you so much for your comment! That is an interesting comparison that you have brought up! It would be interesting to understand what may be the reason behind it all. I could only think that perhaps in a smaller community they lack the vision to do more feeling as though they can only accomplish so much due to their environment. But that is most certainly very interesting! Take care Jason and hope to see you around again!

  3. I think that we all go through some periods of apathy in our lives. I call it a state of being on auto pilot. Often we do not even know we are in that state. Then something comes along that sparks our interest or provides the push we need to move us forward and out of that state. For me, the love and care of my children in difficult times is the nudge I need to move on. Why are you sad mum? is a very powerful catalyst.

    1. Hi Suzy! Thanks for stopping by! I am happy that you brought out this point about your children. I agree that most often what can tend to stimulate us are the responsibilities that we have in life. This helps so much to stimulate in us the need to shake ourselves up. That realization that your whole state of being can have an affect on those you love and care most about! Thank you again Suzy great input!

  4. question is: how can I tell if it’s ‘apathy’ I’m “coming down with” — how can I be sure I am not misdiagnosing myself…? — perhaps there’s a legit reason that certain things that others are “concerned” about or feel “challenged ” to do something about — perhaps there’s a good reason that they’re irrelevant to me & I simply don’t see the point…

    1. Hi Tony, thanks for taking the time to comment! Yours is a really deep question indeed. To start off with, I am no “doctor” so I could not give a diagnosis, the only thing that I can do is share my personal experience. I have in my life started over so many times that I have lost count. Most recently I felt just plain tired of starting over yet again! I began to have this feeling of “what’s the use at this time in my life”. Each time I have started over, it led to greater things in my life. Knowing this fact, that sometimes to find out where is you gotta find out where it ain’t. This gave me the courage to launch out yet again to even greater opportunities and heights! I am personally concerned with young people (and anyone for that matter) who just don’t care about anything at all, nothing seems to get them moving or excited. In my personal stand point, this would be defined as death! As a parent, I was never so concerned about my loud an boisterous kids as I was about those who were introverted. You know what is happening with the communicator, but the people who are closing off the outside world, disinterested in anything whatsoever, are in their own way, calling out for and in need of help. I have learned for myself that, when I lack any desire to do anything, I need to give myself a quick kick in the pants, and I have found that each time I stir myself up, something big happens! I call this the test of life. Stagnation leads to disease, lack of fulfillment, whereas flowing water leads to activity, excitement and life.

      That is just my view point. I really appreciate your comment and for stopping by! Have a great day!

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