The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It


The first step on the road either to success or defeat is trying.  If you are unwilling to get in the game you certainly will not lose – but you also deny yourself the possibility of winning.  Is that why we are a nation of spectators – whether it be sports, the environment or politics?

Our insecurity at the thought of losing overwhelms our sense of adventure and potential for accomplishment.  We’ll let the “other guy” do it – and live by the consequences of his efforts – grousing about the results if we don’t like them.

Apathy is defined as “a state lacking emotion or interest.”  We have another word for it.  That word is “zombie.”

One of my favorite modern musical artists is Judy Small, an Australian native.  She is a prolific songwriter and performer and has composed meaningful songs that cover a wide gamut of social issues.  This is her take on “apathy.”

“You can only make a difference if you try to make a difference.”

Here’s hoping that you enjoyed the song, put down your remote and found a good reason to go out and change the world.  After all, it’s your world to make better.

Comments on: "ON APATHY" (10)

  1. I just can’t resist putting Teddy Roosevelt’s two cents worth in here. Especially since it’s one of my favorites.

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    • Terrific quote! I hand’t read that for years. But here’s the interesting thing. Prior to seeing your comment I began writing a post for tomorrow using a quote by one of his cousins as its basis. Great minds … (Actually, that’s the subject of the post).

      • Yep, that’s why I read some of the blogs I do, they give me good ideas. A few months ago I had two whole posts sneak out the reply to a comment I made.

        Sparks make good fires.

  2. I agree with what you say about apathy.

    For me, I pick and chose my fights instead of wasting away resources. One example that you might recall is when I decided to take on that priest regarding Dress Code. No one in the history of modern Singapore has ever taken on the Catholic Church – but hell…

    • That is a very wise policy. By the way, I deferred from commenting on that while the diocese was coming to a decision, as you requested. But I am glad you took that on. I don’t remember Jesus only accepting disciples who were “properly attired” – and I’m glad you woke the church in Singapore up to what its mission really is about.

  3. How amazing! My Australian sister in law is called Judy Small, but it’s obviously not this lady though she does sing well. One of the things that was sure to activate me in my administrative days was someone saying Ït can’t be done!” That would always set me to giving it a try and in most cases I found it certainly could be done.

  4. I like this song! Why can’t rappers sings these kinds of lyrics??

  5. Well said indeed. I have to go back and read your posts from this week. They all look so interesting!

  6. Glad you liked it, Jennifer!

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