“Apathy is the glove in which evil slips its hand.” – Bodie Thoene
If you have read many of my pieces or followed me on Twitter for even a short time, you’re well aware that I believe the vast majority of the problems America is experiencing are rooted firmly in the growth of liberalism and the declination of traditional American values. Although liberalism is rampant and raging, another issue is just as paramount to the destructive edge of the cliff upon which our country is teetering – the apathy of my generation.
Those who wish America ill, who strive to change her through “progressive” legislation and an amoral society have done and are doing immense damage to the prosperous hopes of this great nation and tarnishing the treasured history of her fought and died-for values.
These destructors, however, would not be allowed to even entertain the notion of a fundamental changing of America’s cherished guard without the unspoken approval of a dissenting body who is largely too apathetic to obtain truthful information and from it bellow a resounding statement of informed intent.
This intent – that of resolute traditional Americanism – and this allowance – granted by those who sit quietly by while the fighters on the left win the war – are indicative of a people group wholly entrenched in the assuredness of easy life and who take being American and her God-blessed freedoms for granted.
The issue, this apathy, finds itself most at home in a teenage and young adult generation, my generation, who have never had to work to be American (or work at anything much at all, for that matter). We’ve never had a Great Depression, a WWII, or any major uniting adversity. We’ve had it easy, and it’s showing.
My generation is one of laptops and relative morality, not farm chores and personal responsibility.
Humans want to fight for something. It’s ingrained in our being. And when nothing inherently noble is apparent, it becomes easy and may seem right to create, often out of thin air, a “righteous” rationale for being, and being American. This synthetic purpose is a prevailing reason for why we are witnessing an entitled and faux-victimized generation flooding the streets of our cities with a twisted understanding of equality and fairness. People long for purpose, and a generation of indiscriminate enablement empowers them to fight for disillusioned aspirations straight out of Moore’s Utopia. Their goals are not just, and subsequently not American.
This apathy takes two forms: The first is a lack of motivation to become properly informed of facts sans spin. The second is a lack of impetus to turn that information into an effective furthering of traditional American values and an effort to squelch anti-American liberal progressivism and the revisionist history that precedes it.
It isn’t the ill-intentioned minority that represents America’s greatest inner threat, but a silent majority of passive enablers who are either too lazy or too engaged elsewhere to take a stand.
It isn’t evil politicians that bode the most danger to the financial and societal future of America, but a generation of adults who behave like children and care not what happens next.
This problem starts in the home. It is there where the origins of entitlement and victimization begin developing. Broken families and absent morals allow Americans to grow up expecting (from the almighty government) freedom, security, even a job and “free” health care. The oft-preached “social justice” is generally used as a overarching excuse to tolerate anyone and anything, regardless of principles and ethics.
My generation, especially, expects to be granted these uniquely American advantages instead of being appropriately grateful for those who worked and fought so hard to ensure them.
Advantages should be earned, not doled out on a silver platter of expectancy.
This attitude of self-entitlement can continue to shift basic American principles for only so long before being American is no longer considered a blessing, but a predetermined warrant to demand whatever one desires.
I believe we are currently witnessing the comeuppance of this disposition; demonstrated by a massively extended federal government of liberal elites toting a narcissistic superiority complex coupled with the Occupy movement and that which it represents.
This culture of demand and take, instead of earn and offer, precedes both the moral and economic fall of even the strongest nation. No empire can withstand the many relying on the few. Our American empire is no exception.
True ignorance is hard changed, and pure evil hardly ever changed. It is the apathy of the decent that must be eradicated and replaced with informed activism.
America as we know it hangs in the balance.