Reject The Apathy Lie

This is vital, the stuff of political movements that shatters propaganda and reveals passion and change. Our Descent Into Madness:

In class today we were discussing the war in Iraq and activism and the failure of my generation to be a carbon-copy of the generation that protested Vietnam. And out came a story so familiar I have spoken it in my sleep.

Our generation doesn’t care. We just don’t give a shit. We don’t know what’s happening nor do we care to learn. We’d rather get high, we’d rather watch TV.

Bare in mind that we were speaking of a group of people who only this year gained the right to vote.

Bare in mind, more significantly, that these words were spoken with disappointment. Spoken by peers of mine who do, in fact, care. Who care desperately.

This plays into two central points (emphasis mine):

So this is my question: if I care, and all my friends care, and all my classmates care, where are these zombies? Show them to me. Show me the opiated masses, millions of kids glued to their TV screens. Where are they?

I don’t doubt that there are some. But I doubt with every fiber of my being that they are all of us, or that they should win.

I love that sentence. It is so perfectly crafted. We do care, and it is an oft repeated lie that our generation does not. It is a very useful lie, used to put down the importance of protests and political speech and the very meaning of Democracy. It deprives us of power and community when we have both in spades.

Even if the apathetic did outnumber the living, there is no fucking way we should lie down and be consumed. No, We fight. (Emphasis mine):

Reject this message. Reject it, reject it, reject it. It is wrong, it is bullshit, it is a lie. This story of the apathy generation is piece of propaganda, and a fucking effective piece at that. Reject it, spit it out, curse it with everything you are.

Burn through the myth. Write about young people who take action. Write about those who simply have opinions and care. Talk to strangers on the metro, on the bus, and in the street. A few of Edmund Burke’s words (MotherJones Blog via Johnathen Schwarz at This Modern World) are very apt here:

Whilst men are linked together, they easily and speedily communicate the alarm of any evil design. They are enabled to fathom it with common counsel, and to oppose it with united strength.

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

If we fail there is no one to pity us, no one to save us. What is evil in this country is gathering and striking, again and again, and innocence is paying daily in blood. And we care. We act. We have power (Our Descent):

I have stared into the soul of my generation, and I have seen power there.

We have, as a generation, already answered the call to action. In her post, Daisy has written a call to truth. Let’s answer it as loudly as we can.


5 Responses

  1. (Though post is actually mine, but I understand the mistake — our writing is indistinguishable).

    We do care, and it is an oft repeated lie that our generation does not. It is a very useful lie, used to put down the importance of protests and political speech and the very meaning of Democracy.


    Ugh. Fuck yeah.

  2. Dang. And I just corrected it. Yeah, you folks should definitely post the author along with your articles :).

    It really is an outstanding and inspiring work.

  3. Thank you.

    Relatedly, the festival event mentioned in that bonfire post is happening again this year, and you’re invited. It’s not till around June, there’ll be more info online later. Just something to keep in mind.

  4. Daisy,

    Sweet! Festivals and bonfires are both excellent things.

  5. […] 18, 2008 by Dan (Fitness) Time Magazine has written an irresponsible article that manufactures indifference.  Via Slashdot, Glenn Greenwald has the scathing lowdown: No matter how corrupt and sloppy the […]

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