Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I Just Don't Care
"I don't watch news. Who should I vote for?"
He was serious. He went on to explain that he never paid attention to politics. Who was in charge didn't matter to him and had no effect on his life.
I guess this is what is called being apolitical. I prefer to call it apathetic. And I told him as much. He was not moved.
He grinned. "Whatever Mike, I just don't care."
At first I was miffed at his ambivalence so I went on a mini tear. I shared what my parents pounded into me as a child about the responsibilities of being a citizen. Then I moved from angry to righteously indignant and tossed out my tried and true "we get what we deserve" notion.
And still all he did was grin. "You really take this shit seriously don't you? Nothing changes, so why waste my time? But you go ahead and get all fired up. I love listening to you rave."
That shut me up. I finished fixing his bike and he left.
The more I thought about his responses, the more envious I became. My life would be so much more uncluttered if I didn't take politics, religion, and such so seriously. Not being opinionated would make Life an easier flow for sure. I began to harbor notions of actively being apathetic. Scheming to train myself off the soapbox mentality I inherited from my very opinionated family.
I projected into the future what this might do for me. And it was not pretty. Bottling up my inclinations would create untenable pressures inside my gulliwots. Who knows what I might turn to for release of that pressure. All sorts of ridiculous and ugly possibilities crossed my mind. From wearing women's underwear to stalking local cattle in hopes of ....................... Well anyway, the variety of activities I might use to channel my anger were a lot of fun to think about but not one felt right.
Some of us are able to live our lives wihtout concern for what is happening around them. Others like myself are not happy unless we concern ourselves with the events unfolding around us. In the scheme of things neither mentality has much effect on things individually, but when millions of us harbor the same outlooks, our country heads in directions no one could have predicted. The recent Tea Party madness is a perfect example. What happens now is anyone's guess.