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The sin of Apathy
« on: 2004-12-07 17:44:00 »
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Just wanted to say hello and to clarify something:
When you refer to Apathy as a sin, are you talking about being apathetic towards personal development in general?

Apathy is subjective and inavoidable.

Interesting stuff from what I've read so far.  I generally prefer to lurk and read than participate, but it's nice to be here.
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« Reply #1 on: 2004-12-08 14:02:48 »
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Quote from: Joe Blood on 2004-12-07 17:44:00   

Just wanted to say hello and to clarify something:
When you refer to Apathy as a sin, are you talking about being apathetic towards personal development in general?

I mean apathy in general. Not caring.


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Apathy is subjective and inavoidable.

I respectfully disagree (depending on what you mean of course).


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Interesting stuff from what I've read so far.  I generally prefer to lurk and read than participate, but it's nice to be here.

Thanks for delurking
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Re:The sin of Apathy
« Reply #2 on: 2004-12-08 17:14:46 »
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Apathy is subjective and inavoidable.

I mean there's no such thing as apathy in general - it relates to every individual thing.  Apathy towards the human rights crisis in Sudan, the state of your own government, the state of your own career,  the state of your neighbours career, your best friend's dress sense, the way the woman in the post office looks at you, the way your children look at you. 

I sense that I might have misunderstood it though, that's what I was asking originally.
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« Reply #3 on: 2004-12-08 17:59:08 »
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Quote from: Joe Blood on 2004-12-08 17:14:46   

I sense that I might have misunderstood it though, that's what I was asking originally.

You make a good point. It is not reasonable or desirable, let alone possible to care about everything equally (except for the degnerate case where you don't care about anything at all). So what *should* you care about? I think your suggestion of personal development is an excellent start. If you don't care about your own well being then why should anyone else care about your well being?
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« Reply #4 on: 2005-08-27 03:35:15 »
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It's apathy that makes me sorry for people who are unhealthily overweight. For me, if there is one thing worth caring for, it is my body and mind. I don't let paranoia get in my way of eating food I enjoy, but I try to balance with what I need for nutrition.

I think you guys are both right, just taking things from opposite ends. I cannot care passionately about everything that grasps my attention, but I care about some things. I think apathy is leaving ones energy undirected. Some people seem to direct their energy towards causes I find pointless, but they could see me the same way.

I was pleased to come across this site, I'm looking forward to reading through all that I can find. Some of it is a little over my head, but I enjoy a challenge.
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« Reply #5 on: 2005-09-02 11:36:12 »
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Good point. Perhaps the first step in avoiding apathy is to start caring about what you care about. How many people give it much conscious thought at all? Our resources are inevitably finite and we have to allocate our time and attention carefully, so the question is how?
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« Reply #6 on: 2005-11-03 17:54:25 »
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A Buddhist once told me compassion was the inability to tolerate the suffering of others. Perhaps apathy could be seen as the inability to tolerate the potential intensity of engaging with the world, a sort of existential fatigue. Just playing with words...
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« Reply #7 on: 2005-11-04 13:23:23 »
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Quote from: Nyktoo on 2005-11-03 17:54:25   

A Buddhist once told me compassion was the inability to tolerate the suffering of others. Perhaps apathy could be seen as the inability to tolerate the potential intensity of engaging with the world, a sort of existential fatigue. Just playing with words...

Interesting spin. I might also include "willful ignorance". It is kind of an indirect or 2nd order apathy when you would care if you know about something but choose to avoid learning about it.
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« Reply #8 on: 2005-11-04 15:10:06 »
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« Reply #11 on: 2007-10-19 19:23:11 »
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I also see apathy as a sin to be problematic. I mean we can't care about everything, and therefore risk making hypocrites of ourselves.
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Re:The sin of Apathy
« Reply #12 on: 2007-10-19 21:47:29 »
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Only if you can't prioritize. Something even our less endowed cousins, the chimps, do quite well.

It seems that only polemicists have an inability to evaluate relative values. Do you display this problem, Sasquatch?

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Re:The sin of Apathy
« Reply #13 on: 2007-10-20 15:39:39 »
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ah , liturgical matters.

I also sometimes have major problems with apathy, my most lapsible virian moments. Apathy being the greatest sin my 18 year old self would have angrily spat about, my middle age finds me prioritizing slack and a quiet life, caring but unenthusiatic.
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