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I wasn't sure what to write about, or even if I was going to continue publishing articles on Daily KOS. I try to come up with material, that is factual, has referenced sources and a mixture of my own observations, but in reality I don't think people really care unless something is controversial, inflammatory, or otherwise provocative in some manner. We have become a society who enjoys chewing on our wedge issues and happily devouring whatever ideological propaganda is tossed our way, that happens to fit our fancy.

Ferguson is a perfect example of this. People lining up into ideological camps. Those who rightfully see the injustice of a police officer murdering yet another unarmed, Black person, and those who have their own prejudices against the African American community and support the police's actions because they don't really like Black folks. Everyone was up in arms, shouting from their soap boxes. Aspiring writers and Faux Journalists wrote inflammatory pieces for both sides of the issue, milked the tragedy for the proverbial 15-minutes and moved on to the next "News Worthy" scandal.

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The Death of Robin Williams, like Ferguson was another example of milking a tragedy. Instead of a real discussion taking place in our society over the need for mental health reform and more comprehensive access to mental health treatment, this event was treated as so many other preventable tragedies are these days, as feed for the News Cycle and discarded after a week or so.

Last night I sat down to watch a movie marathon of Robin Williams films. I started watching, Good Morning Vietnam, but found myself crying instead of laughing. I realized the world had lost something that can't adequately be explained away with words, when Robin passed away. Here was a man who brought laughter and joy to the entire world, touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people, yet struggled with the laughter and joy in his private life and was ultimately consumed by his own depression. Because our society views depression and mental illness as some sort of personal failing, cases like this are far to common. Robin Williams death could have been a catalyst for real reform and change, given how much he touched the lives of everyone in our society, instead we were to apathetic to address the important issues, and instead waiting for the next juicy scandal to occur.

I can't look at my Facebook news feed without reading articles about women who are raped, and their rapists get off with a slap on the wrist or nothing at all in some cases. Emma Sulkowicz is a prime example of this very thing. Raped in her own dorm room, at Columbia University of all places. Her rapist is not only still on campus, but the school dismissed Two other reports about him from other women, as well as Emma's report. This happens all the time in our country, yet collectively we are to apathetic to do anything about it. We just don't care enough as a society.

When it comes to our apathy, even our beloved pets aren't safe. It is bad enough when unarmed Black folks are gunned down, either by stand your ground lunatics like Theodore Wafer, who murdered Renisha McBride because she had the audacity to knock on his door late at night after having been in a car accident. It seems we also see video's or read articles about police shooting dogs and even cats for doing nothing more than existing, because these officers claim to fear for their safety. This depravity, while nothing new in our society has become so commonplace, that unless it ends up happening to a furry member of your own family, you file it away in the back of your mind as a horrible thing and then forget all about it a few days later. We don't even have the will to overcome our apathy when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us.

Perhaps we deserve the society we have. We keep voting in the same garbage each election cycle, then complain how things aren't better. We get upset about the cost of living going up, while our pocketbooks are lighter and lighter each year, but we don't bother to support or become active in Unions to effect changes. Civil Liberties are used as a political football, voting rights are held hostage for political points, and elections are gerrymandered in broad daylight to take away your voice in government, yet none of you do anything to change it. It's easier to sit at home at watch Television or play your Facebook games then to get involved and put in the time, energy and effort to effect a change.

So welcome to the United States of Apathy. The nation you deserve!

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Lunaril Larentia is the writer of, "A Touch of Realism" A blog that highlights current events and societal observations from a critical thinking, common sense approach.

    by Lunaril Larentia on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 06:40:35 AM PDT

  •  Not sure who your audience (4+ / 0-)

    is with this piece.  

    Civil Liberties are used as a political football, voting rights are held hostage for political points, and elections are gerrymandered in broad daylight to take away your voice in government, yet none of you do anything to change it.
    Plus all your other universal references regarding apathy and getting what we all deserve.

    Speaking of apathy, I'm not expecting a reply since you don't  participate by actually commenting in your own diaries or elsewhere on this site.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 06:59:12 AM PDT

  •  Good rant. Good for you. (1+ / 0-)
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    jlms qkw

    And we see a continual apathy regarding the state of our national news media, the state of our infrastructure (including (although few talk about it) our lack of decent retirement capabilities, mental health facilities, lack of research and development for things that might require stem cells (something that might have helped Robin) and the state of injustice, along with the encroachment of the corporate and billionaires into our pay to play electoral system.

    Anti-trust? that is so old fashioned.
    Carcerous is now a word meaning (apparently) to incarcerate! Jeebus
    Civil rights - o puleez as if we care.

    What seems to be important is the 2nd amendment (to only whites) and copyright and oil companies and their greedy little mitts grabbing whatever resources are left. OUR issues are so not interesting.

    What I would like to see is every city have a "moral Monday" group that functions every week like clockwork keeping the eye glued to those important things we say we care about.

    ALL of our institutions have been hollowed out by the greed ethos. There are none left with heart intact or souls for that matter. So the zombie is all around us - me

    by glitterscale on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 07:00:48 AM PDT

  •  I don't see it as apathy (3+ / 0-)
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    sfinx, serendipityisabitch, denig

    I see it as having been blindsided and not fully understanding just how low the far right was prepared to sink.

    Demonstrations across this country over Michael Brown/Ferguson. Weekly marches and sing alongs on state capitals. People willing to get themselves arrested to stand up for what they believe.

    I don't see what you see.

    "A whiteshirt then showed up...": St. Louis resident discussing his local police.

    by ExpatGirl on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 07:04:49 AM PDT

    •  ExpatGirl (0+ / 0-)

      This goes so far beyond the far right, or the far left. It is pervasive and insidious and has touched every corner of our society. From our indifference toward Fast Food joints using Green/Grey, rotten, ammonia washed meat not even fit for a dog food company, to environmental disasters that affect our entire planet, which many people seem to not even care about "Fukushima".

      A couple thousand people from that community trying to fight the good fight, while hundreds of millions of Americans around the country are waxing nostalgic about Joan Rivers today, tells me where the priorities of our society are. I hate to say it, but they aren't with the people of Ferguson.

      Lunaril Larentia is the writer of, "A Touch of Realism" A blog that highlights current events and societal observations from a critical thinking, common sense approach.

      by Lunaril Larentia on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 07:39:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  It's not a flaw in our society (2+ / 0-)
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    sfinx, Portia Elm

    It's a feature of the model we live under. Everything that happens is monetized. Outrage, health (mental and physical), concern that does manage to surface, even our apathy, these things are just grist for the money mill. The moocher and looter class, consisting of politicians, pundits, clergy and a few others, all do their part to keep the flock fleeced, scattered and scared.

    It will take many generations of incremental work by dedicated citizens to reach a tipping point where our society can be healed. Reading the history of this nation leads me to believe that it will never happen. We seem to have always behaved in this manner, it is only that we get the latest popnews incident faster than we did in the past.

    I wonder if the speed of information delivery could be used as a lever to change course by the generations yet to come. I can only hope, and do what I can to assist.

    The goal of capitalism is to make as much money as possible, for as few people as possible, by any means necessary.

    by laughingRabbit on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 07:11:22 AM PDT

  •  It's not apathy (0+ / 0-)

    it's called losing.

  •  I am involved (0+ / 0-)

    no one is telling me what to do, though.  I do what I can, when I can, and where I happen to be.  I am living a responsible life, whether it looks like it to the 'world' or not.   This is because I am pretty much unplugged from what laughingRabbit so aptly calls

    The moocher and looter class, consisting of politicians, pundits, clergy and a few others
    in the great comment above.

    PRESENT Shock When everything happens NOW

    by Portia Elm on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:38:51 AM PDT

    •  Portia Elm (0+ / 0-)

      As much as you may think you are unplugged, every time you use healthcare in the United States, purchase groceries, put gas in your vehicle, vote, pay utility bills, or do any other modern activities necessary for survival in the United States today you are contributing to the larger "Money Mill" as Laughing Rabbit might call it. When something as basic and fundamental as Health Care is considered a money maker and becomes a for-profit enterprise, I think we've already crossed a line and I'm not sure if there is a way back over it.

      Lunaril Larentia is the writer of, "A Touch of Realism" A blog that highlights current events and societal observations from a critical thinking, common sense approach.

      by Lunaril Larentia on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 07:44:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  So, just what was it you were expecting to find (1+ / 0-)
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    denig

    at Daily Kos?

    If you're bothering to read this at all (and that's one of the things that people do notice, btw), then you might want to take advantage of the massive amounts of information that's available to new diarists, through groups such as, ahem, New Diarists.

    There is no high bar for publishing a diary here - anyone who signs up can do it. There is a quite a bit higher bar for anyone who wants to get regular high volume attention. That you want a simple formula laid out for your participation does not speak well for your interest in the site itself, rather than the benefits you may theoretically get from it.

    Name recognition is useful - and unless you are one hell of a writer, or incredibly lucky, you cannot build that except by participating in the community to a much greater extent than you have so far bothered to do.

    Best of luck, because it's the only substitute I know for actually working on gaining people who look forward to seeing your writing.

    mouseover the bar (I'm practicing for DK5)

    by serendipityisabitch on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:55:01 AM PDT

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