Older generations condemn the youth of today for what they feel is an endemic in apathy. They look to the headlines and remark, often plaintively and…

Older generations condemn the youth of today for what they feel is an endemic in apathy. They look to the headlines and remark, often plaintively and perhaps disdainfully, that the young people today simply aren’t as active, not nearly as passionate, about the most controversial issues that mark our generation.

I can’t say whether reality reflects this sentiment entirely as there are youth who are very active in pursuing change in their society (and world). But there are people (not just youth) who are essentially apathetic towards hot-button issues and current events.

Some put on an appearance of being un-reactive to current events, not necessarily because they don’t care but because it seems as if any effort to enact change is futile. If we don’t even try to change what we see as wrong in the government, in society, then how can we even see the results of our efforts?

It’s possible to change the world, but it won’t happen if all we do is say “nothing’s ever going to change!” and just sit around sucking it up.

– Allyson

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