Bird Droppings January 15, 2010
Apathy is more than a vocabulary Word
“I often see students who are narrow-minded, who gain a little bit in a limited context, with a limited perspective, and consider this enough, immediately insisting on stopping and resting. Eating their fill and sleeping, not taking care of anything at all, they consider themselves lively, but they are destitute ghosts.” Hui-k’ung
This quote comes from the ruler of the Lu state, in the Shandong Providence 768-722 BCE, which also happens to be the birth place two hundred years later of Kung Fu-Tzu (Confucius). When I first read this, I thought a former principal had become a philosopher. When the quote is nearly three thousand years old and daily I hear I have a seventy percent its passing that is enough. Matter of fact I was speaking with a student who could do well and literally tries to not pass.
“I don’t know, I don’t care, and it doesn’t make any difference!” Jack Kerouac
“There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.” Juan Montalvo
There is a series of old advertisements on TV, what if you only got one half of everything and there is half of a seat or fire hydrant or plate. I asked several students the other day who would they like operating on them a doctor with a seventy percent degree or a hundred percent degree, guess who won out. Maybe it would be unnerving to have a doctor during an operation checking an anatomy book looking up parts and names of things or asking where does this go as they sew up.
“Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie, but rather mourn the apathetic throng, the coward and the meek who see the world’s great anguish and its wrong, and dare not speak.” Ralph Chaplin
Apathy is unfortunately more than a vocabulary word in our world today as we all seem to procrastinate and or look the other way as we go through life.
“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer
It is interesting looking at Dr. Wayne Dyer’s quote that I have used many times. He was raised in an orphanage, and he went on to become the “father of motivational speaking”, lecturing around the world and authoring many books on self help and self empowerment. He is a counseling therapist by trade one of his latest books is entitled, Change your Thoughts, Change your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao.
“It’s never crowed along the extra mile” “Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.” Benjamin Franklin
These two quotes are around my room and I have used in presentations and try and get across to teachers and students. Because you do not know anything about something, do not necessarily reject it and never be unwilling to learn about it.
“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.” Mortimer Caplan
“The lazier a man is, the more he plans to do tomorrow.” Norwegian Proverb
We all tend to put off for one reason or another but is there a difference between not caring and being lazy, not caring gives an excuse for laziness and vice versa, they would seem to run hand in foot.
“We have so many labor-saving devices today that we go broke keeping them repaired. Everything is easier, but requires greater maintenance.” Lorne Sanny
Penn State University with over thirteen thousand students had an increase of over thirty percent in electrical usage since 1996 with a limited increase in students. I was thinking as we were about to move our son back into college recently, in his dorm room two guys have each a computer and all peripheral equipment, a big TV, stereo, refrigerator, alarm clocks, study lamps and XBOX or two of course. What amounted to about fifty electrical plug ins. When I was in a dorm in Texas in 1968 I had a wind up alarm clock only. On the bright side however so much more can be done, be it on computers or other electronic devices. So really solutions need to be looking at your self.
“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.” Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Present-moment living, getting in touch with your “now,” is at the heart of effective living. When you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives. One thing is certain; you cannot live it until it does appear.” Dr. Wayne Dyer
It has taken me longer than usual to write this morning. I have been concerned about this attitude among students of not caring, or apathy for some time. It is interesting back many years ago when we had a school newspaper, I just found my old files and saw this, an editorial is on APATHY. This morning as I read Dr. Dyer’s articles and quotes one stood out and I will close with that.
“Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.” Dr. Wayne Dyer
Perhaps it is thinking back to those quantum physicists who are unbraiding our reality with theories of under lying energy and new age authors like James Redfield who use an underlying energy as that source of who we are as I read Dwyer’s quote. But in various places people are still dying, on a small island just a few days ago thousands died, around Atlanta shootings, and we have personalities on TV making comments that have apathy written all over them as they politicalize tens of thousands of deaths from an earth quake yesterday. As I wipe a tear from my eye thinking of the cynicism and heartlessness we have come too as a society and culture, please keep all in harms way on your mind and in your heart.