Apathy is a fear that nothing you can do will change things. It is linked to insecurity and the fear that your opinion is not of value. People can waste their whole lives away letting time slip through their hands and not making any impact on the world during their entire existence. These people have plenty to moan about when they fear an injustice is taking place, but are not willing to act on resolving injustices. They often think this a job for someone else not them. One of my favourite quotes about injustice and apathy is this one:
‘First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was not one of them, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Jews, but I was not Jewish, so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me’.
Apathy can also produce procrastination (putting things off) and stagnation (not progressing with life in a positive way/staying stuck). It is the obstacle which causes creative block, because it prevents the person from examining why they are not creating. It is also the block which prevents us planning our lives and setting positive goals for the future. Thus our life will remain the same forever. There is a quote which I like which highlights this:
‘If you’ve always done what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten’. Anthony Robbins (Source: Think Exist)
Anxiety is a fear of the future and because of having experienced bad things in the past. It holds people back from fulfilling a valuable, happy, authentic life. Anxiety is experienced when we cannot forgive others for hurting us and we then take this emotional baggage with us into our present lives. When we don’t forgive, we only hurt ourselves. This does not mean that we are condoning unacceptable behaviour, it just means that we are being kind to ourselves. We can deal with unacceptable behaviour, in ways that do not damage us, such as peaceful protest, making others aware of the consequences of unacceptable acts or reporting unacceptable behaviour when we see an injustice is taking place. We must also be aware that every life situation is not the same as past situations. This will help us deal directly with the situation we find ourselves in, instead of dragging all our own emotional baggage into it. It allows us then to open doors to positive opportunities in stead of running away from them and missing out. 80% of the things we worry about never happen, so most of our anxiety is completely pointless or worse – dangerous to our health, destructive to relationships with others and sometimes even fatal (Stress related illnesses are the biggest killers).
My figure is sitting in his smoky cave looking at a pocket watch, watching time pass. He is not achieving anything, because he is too frightened to make changes in his life, which could ultimately benefit him.