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Youth Apathy: The Problem Is in the Question, Not the Answer

Andrew Plotch | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Andrew Plotch

There is an overwhelming assumption that kids don't care about politics. Yet, at the end of the day most people don't even give us a chance. They should just ask us a simple question: what do you believe in?

Did the '90s Rob Me of My Gay Political Conscious?

Richard William Allen | Posted 07.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard William Allen

The mid-nineties were years that seemed politically engaged on the surface, but the general tenor of youth culture was apathetic and ironic, and middle class kids who had no reason beyond their youth to feel alienated copped a pose of bored disaffection.

Somewhere Between Empathy and Apathy

Corinda Lubin-Katz | Posted 07.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Corinda Lubin-Katz

It doesn't take much more than a quick glance at the news to conclude that the world is a mess. We are riddled with crises, crippled by corruption, an...

Apathy: A National (and Religious) Crisis

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

We are in the midst of a national crisis, and it's not random mass shootings or the killing of unarmed citizens. The crisis is that we have accepted these things as normal. This crisis is in our hearts.

What Not to Be Apathetic About

Zak Smith | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Zak Smith

Apathy is a privilege. A great many people do not have the luxury. If you feel your life is in danger, if you feel your family or your loved ones are in jeopardy, if you feel attacked and diminished, the odds are that you will not feel indifferent about it.

Ebola, the News Cycle, and the Affliction of Short Attention Spans

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Real problems, in the real world, are rarely solved by either the excessively afflicted or the unduly comfortable. Real problems, like Ebola, tend to populate the space between cause for panic and allowance for apathy. Real solutions, whatever the headlines, tend to reside there as well.

If Voting Didn't Matter

Robbie Gennet | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Truth is, if 100 percent of 18-24 year olds decided to vote in the next election, they would landslide whatever candidates they backed and transform the country to their liking. And here is one big reason why they should: Citizens United.

I'm Sick Of Apathy -- And You Should Be, Too

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 12.13.2014 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

By choosing to not care, to not have an opinion, to not take a stance, you are part of the problem. Ignoring something doesn't make it go away. And you cannot rely on others to fight for the world you want to live in. It's on you. And me. And all of us to build the world we want to live in.

Other Mothers' Sons

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

Mothers have relinquished their boys to demarcations of manhood for centuries, whether it be going to college or the armed services. No woman should ever have to release their son to hate -- and that is what our nation has required of Black women for too long in our nation.

A World Future Society Conference Speech: Everyone Faces a Transhumanist Wager

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem. Each one of us has a problem. In fact, no matter where you go on the planet, no matter who you find, every single person on Earth has this same dire problem.

That Extra Step We Never Take (But Should)

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 07.06.2014 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

It is common belief that those who have more should help those who don't, which is true a fair amount of the time. There is also a silly phenomenon that I've noticed that is funny because it loops onto itself.

Americans DO Care About Climate Change!

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

Whether you come from inside or outside the States, do not be fooled by our busy, flippant exterior. Behind it we are worried sick about Earth, its creatures and each other. We are furious at politicians and financiers who either accelerate the damage or do nothing about it.

Escaping the Sideshow Politics of Obamacare

Vishal Khetpal | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Vishal Khetpal

The Affordable Care Act isn't just "flash news," or another facet of media-made dystopia. It's the awakening of an open and public dialogue on national income inequality looming in the background of the American psyche since the days of Reagan.

Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Chris Adams: The Cold War -- Then and Now?

Soul Dancer | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Soul Dancer

If history is our teacher, what have we learned regarding the cold war? According to Chris Adams, a published cold war historian, we've much to learn ...

You Call That A Hipster? These Are Some @#$%ing Hipsters.

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.07.2014 | Comedy

"Hipster" is one of those words that is used so frequently in everyday vernacular, it's practically become meaningless. Every art school kid, aspiring...

Killing More Than Kennedy

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

Kennedy's call to action, from his first to his last day as president, was a constant call to citizenship - local, national, and global. It was a call to embrace the promise of American reinvention and renewal.

Don't Be the Next Mistake Our Country Makes

Crystal Duan | Posted 12.16.2013 | College
Crystal Duan

As I read over every news piece or furious column about Congress that various outlets keep putting out, I can't help but parallel Congress' inability to care about its people's voices to my own generation's dismissiveness.

The Dream Is Over, You Just Have to Carry On

Raina Rose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Raina Rose

I hold on to my hopes like a life preserver. I cling to the notion that humanity is mostly good at the core.

3 Tips To Prevent Burnout At Work

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Burnout can occur when you're not feeling valued by others but even more often occurs when as a result you devalue yourself. Take a few minutes to jot down the reasons you entered your field in the first place.

Doctor, How Do You Feel?

Nandita Mani | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Nandita Mani

In these formative years, students are like sponges, constantly absorbing clues from their superiors on how medicine should be practiced. Can we really expect medical students to retain their empathy if we don't show them how?

Silence Is Not Golden

Marisa Fox | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Marisa Fox

I, for one, don't want to look back at Syria, the way I'm now looking back at Rwanda and the start of World War II. I know military strikes aren't simple. I understand the consequences. I know the heavy price soldiers pay. My mother was one.

Living in a Rut

Ree Varcoe | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ree Varcoe

Many people would have us believe that going through life as though on a well-worn path can promote apathy, boredom and even anxiety. There are oodles of books urging us to find the new us and step out of our comfort zones.

Our National Optimism Deficit

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Everywhere I look I encounter yet more doom and gloom among people who should be out there inspiring us to greater things. I perceive a general angst that we are adrift, that our ship of state has struck a reef and is foundering in a turbulent sea.

Is Apathy a Normal Part of Aging?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

My colleagues and I agree that we all experienced components of apathy at one time or another, that in fact, all people experience periods of apathy. But do these episodes become more frequent or intense as we age?

Obama, Social Security and the People vs. If You're Old and Poor, It's Your Own Fault

Janet Mason | Posted 11.17.2012 | Fifty
Janet Mason

I have taught creative writing through the years to children, teenagers and adults of all ages, but have always recognized that my older students are the ones with the best stories to tell.