I’ve been having a real hard time working up the ability to care about anything lately.
Which would bug me, I’m sure, if I cared.
I suspect this overwhelming feeling of apathy has a lot to do with the fact that I don’t have a walking mileage goal that’s better (read: more) than last year’s. Goals motivate me. Sometimes my goals are the only things that keep me from jumping in front of a bus. But goals only work for me if they get progressively more challenging and/or impressive. So the fact that my mileage goal this year is not greater than 5,000 miles is really messing with my head. It’s like…why care about anything anymore if I’m not making progress by setting more difficult goals?
I know that probably sounds ridiculous, but I can’t think of another reason for such a high level of “I don’t care about anything anymore” feeling. I honestly feel like I wouldn’t care about something really bad happening to me (e.g., getting murdered) or something really good (e.g., winning a Nobel Prize or something) right now.
I’d just be like, “alrighty.”
So that’s a fun mood.
I don’t care about anything anymore, really.
2017: The Year where Nothing is Actually Terrible but My Brain is Convincing Me Everything is Terrible because My Brain is Terrible.
Insipred by Nick’s “Who Cares About Apathy?” MSN screen name.
Our society promotes apathy through the polarization of arguments, thus preventing people from finding a truly safe stance, leading to a feeling of alienation from the argument and a sense of apathy about said topic.
Abortion (note—this is just an example. It can be seen several ways; don’t get pissy if you don’t agree with my logic here. It’s the first example that popped into my head).
1. Highly polarized argument: you’re either for it (pro-choice) or against it (pro-life). Not many in between, not many people see anything in between.
2. While trying to secure your stance on whichever side you choose, you’re met with opposing arguments aimed at poking holes in your logic.
3. You try to reason to yourself to remain where you stand, but find it increasingly difficult as you face strong opposition from the other side.
4. Despite your passion for an argument, you are eventually overwhelmed by the constant having to defend your position as well as the constant attacks by the other side.
5. Essentially, you give a big “screw it” to the whole thing. Apathy about said topic can develop.