Today is Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day. It is our day to honor those who have died in our nation's service.
Thornton Wilder wrote "Our Town" about Peterborough, New Hampshire. Today we honored the 99 people in our town who have died in war. As each name was read, a second grade child rang the bell on the Memorial Gate. Many of us were moved to tears.
Remembering these brave man and women, I cannot help but think that they did NOT lay down their lives to protect any American's inclination to be apathetic.
"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote."
George Jean Nathan (1882-1958)
“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men”
“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy”
Charles de Montesquieu
“Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care.”
“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction”
“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”
Robert M. Hutchins
“Apathy is a sort of living oblivion.”
"Now picture a soggy rain-soaked piece of cardboard lying on the ground - with black ink streaked like weeping mascara that reads, "There is no room on this wall for more wars. Thank you for supporting the troops. - Come again."
“Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand”
Yes, Benjamin Franklin said this - was anyone listening?
“So much attention is paid to the aggressive sins, such as violence and cruelty and greed with all their tragic effects, that too little attention is paid to the passive sins, such as apathy and laziness, which in the long run can have a more devastating effect.”
“Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium”
“Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.”
“Everyone talks about apathy, but no one does anything about it”
And my personal favorite....
“Harold Wilson is going around the country stirring up apathy.”
And here's the point to all of my "apathy" quotes:
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