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Apathy: Your Worst Enemy That You've Never Heard Of - Part 1
How apathy keeps you locked in and acclimatized to your suffering
A slight switch up from the standard Economics, FX, and Sales articles. I wanted to write about emotions as I’ve been mulling over them and how they drive us.
Let’s list some off the top of our head. Think of 5 emotions while you read. Here are a few I thought about. Anger, Sadness, Awe, Confusion, Fear.
Although vastly different, they meld together and morph into each other at one point or another. Happy in the morning, Sad in the evening.
There is, however, one emotion that is missing from this graph. Correction: There is a state of a lack of emotion that is missing from this graph. It’s called Apathy.
Wikipedia (yes, I’m using Wikipedia; this isn’t an essay) lists apathy as a lack of feeling, emotion, interest, or concern about something. It is infinitely worse than Anger, sadness, or any other emotion that evokes…well, emotion. You distinctly remember feeling sad, happy, angry, livid, or ecstatic.
You’re still not sold, though. You still think I’m rambling and am not getting to the point. I get it; you’re a visual learner. Okay, let’s visualize it.
This pepe is apathetic. What do you think about his emotional response? THERE IS NONE. He could be going through the most distinct pain and form of hardship in his life, and you’ll be none the wiser.
Apathy isn’t dangerous because it leads you down to a dark state of mind. It’s a state of mind you revert to when your brain needs to go into crisis mode and tries to protect itself. When you are suffering, and it becomes unbearable, you disassociate yourself from it, thinking the pain is being suffered by another person entirely. Your suffering isn’t impaired; your downswings aren’t hedged. All the harm is still being done. You are simply indifferent to it.
This is why, in our opinion Apathy, is infinitely worse than feelings of anger or sadness. Suppose you are broke, cheated on, unhealthy and angry. The sheer energy yielded from your anger will spur you into action to change your state of affairs. Getting angry will increase your heart rate and damage your health, but it burns you till you get your shit sorted. GIVEN you stay angry for the right reasons and channel the energy properly.
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Apathy is poison. You know you’re fucked; you know you’re broke, unhappy, and unhealthy, but you know that you’re beyond caring. The spiral doesn’t stop; only your ability to combat and put your problems on their ass does.
I haven’t felt suicidal (thank God), but I have felt apathetic. You feel overwhelmed, and it’s clear why. As I’m on the younger side, I have the answer. No, really, I do.
We are choked by being in the middle
This chart is the only maths and stats I’ll throw at you today. A distribution curve is both math and magic. It takes a data set, and if compiled, it charts where the majority of the sample will sit and the score that the outlier and exceptions have.
You are mostly smack bang right in the middle. But let’s adjust your shit life for inflation. You are mostly lower middle class, living in an upmarket area but in a one-bedroom apartment. Your wage is good, but once taxes, corrosive inflation, and costs have their way, you have enough for a movie ticket. Congrats.
Your car is middle class, and so is your life. You are not experiencing an existential crisis like some impoverished developing nations. Netflix is cool, but you don’t have anything to your name. Like BILLIONS of the suppressed middle class are like your apartments, you are squeezed in the middle 68% of the distribution curve. You have nothing to worry about and nothing to look forward to. Life and the universe are apathetic towards you, and so you are with yourself.
However, there is a bright light. You’re a human, for God’s sake. You harnessed electricity and made the wheel. Whether you believe in God or not, you are the dominant species on this Earth, and every day, you go on when you could have given up. Let’s figure out how to get out of it together.
This two-parter is important because it can’t all be said in one article. This was the piece where we went through the muck and diagnosed what’s actually wrong with folks like you and me. The next one will cut through the BS and outline how we get back to what we can call the resemblance of a life.
“Know that this worldly life is no more than play, amusement, luxury, mutual boasting, and competition in wealth and children. This is like rain that causes plants to grow, to the delight of the planters. But later the plants dry up and you see them wither, then they are reduced to chaff. And in the Hereafter there will be either severe punishment or forgiveness and pleasure of Allah, whereas the life of this world is no more than the delusion of enjoyment.”
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