Who Cares?

It seems like everyone today is desensitized to the problems that afflict everyone else. What happened to human connection and the genuine desire to help? Have we seriously devolved this far? When people can look at footage of starving children or abused animals and not feel anything, there is a serious problem with society. I experience honest compassion for the world's suffering each time I see or read about someone or something who is afflicted.

I don't understand those who do not feel sympathy.

SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
36-40, F
3 Responses Mar 6, 2010

I'm sometimes an apathetic person. Sometimes people get to a point where work, relationships, and daily life become a chore and the regular rhythm of life actually has no real rhythm at all. It seems like everything is a huge mess. Try answering the question "what is the point?" next time you do something and if you seriously draw a blank then you have a problem. I had this problem for a while and struggled to fix it. I tried to be more motivated, involved in my community, and have an active lifestyle but after a while life beats down on you and sometimes you give up or compromise your ideas because it is easier being apathetic than struggling to fix everything. It is hard staying apathetic, and this may sound twisted, but trying to stay apathetic has given purpose to my day.

It does make sense. I myself went through a period where I felt absolutely nothing for anyone- it was due to having an extremely stressful job where I was trained to treat people like numbers. (I didn't last long there, of course.) So I can definitely see how people can become apathetic. I just don't understand how they can stay that way.

I understand how they have become apathetic individuals, but at the same time I can't. In my mind, I understand the reasons for being apathetic, but my emotions don't understand how people can be so cold. Does that make sense?