Vanilla here, writing on yet another issue. As you've noticed, I've been working
on many articles that have to do with real-life instances; not just things
happening in Whyville. However, this article connects Whyville with real life.
First of all, what IS apathy? For some of you that may be a dumb question, but
for those that don't know what apathy is, here's my dictionary's explanation:
"Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general
importance or appeal". Basically, it means that you simply "don't care" about
For many people our age, we don't have to care about certain things... or do we? It
seems clear to me that kids under 18 don't care about voting issues, what's
going on in the Middle East, the starving children in Ethiopia, or even Our
Maybe kids do care. Maybe it's just that some of these issues tend to bore
us, or don't show any signs of us being able to make a difference or help a
situation get better.
Take voting, for instance. Less than half of the citizens in America that CAN
vote, do vote. Why is that? Do people care about who is going to run our
country? Are the citizens of America lazy? Why don't people vote? It seems like
a pretty important issue to me. And what do people in other countries think
Let's touch on another subject that can relate more to our age group. There are
millions of homeless, starving, penniless, deprived children in the world,
especially in 3rd-world countries. Again I must ask, do we care? Maybe we do
care, but we feel that we are too inferior and that we can't make a difference.
But can't we?
Now I think that you are starting to get the gist of what I'm getting at.
Obviously, apathy is a large problem in America. Apathy puts a lot more
meaning into the overly used phrase, "I don't care". As I've already stated many
times, I think that people do care and that they just don't know what they can
do to help.
The Times Editor made an interesting point to me: it seems as though people are
apathetic about my article on apathy. I sent out a Y-Mail to about twenty people
asking them about their thoughts on apathy. I got three responses. This proves
to me that Whyvillians are either unaware of apathy, or are just plain lazy.
Here are the thoughts of the three Whyvillians that sent responses to my
"Apathy... I think it's sort of strange how people prioritize their lives and
pick and choose what they bother to notice about the world. I care about the
world nearby me because I don't really focus that well on what is happening in
other places... Africa... Middle East... I have no idea what's going on there.
However, I do watch the news sometimes and try to keep up to date, but sometimes
it just doesn't work. Of course, I care about Whyville, and I really hope it
does not shut down and that "Operation Oprah" will work. I love reading the
Whyville Times every week, just to let me know what's going on around here."
"I care mostly about my ME, my family (especially my mommy), and my friends. I
also care about school and getting a good education because without that I could
be flipping burgers at Burger King, and that's definitely not the path I want to
go down. I care about the world and pollution because I believe soon it will
effect or kill us all. I think people should read the Whyville Times more often
because it can help them, especially newbies. I think people should also care
more about Whyville and its problems because it can close down and we'd all be
"I care about my family. I don't care about money. I care about voting; I'd love
Some people, like googles and Leia, are very descriptive about what issues
concern them. Others, like Infinite, are very exact about what
they care about. Either way is great. However, I have to agree with googles when
she states that people pick and choose what they want to notice about the world;
that's very true.
It seems to me that the people in Whyville are just as apathetic as the general
population. Only 10% of Whyvillians read The Times, if you can believe it.
There are almost 80,000 people on Whyville, all of which have the opportunity
of reading The Times.
That about sums up this article on apathy. I hope you can walk away from this
article with a new definition of "I don't care". Perhaps you do care. Now I will
leave you with a quote from a very inspirational woman:
"We may have found the cure for many evils; but it has found no remedy for the
worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings."