Apathy is the absence or suppression of a person’s passion, emotion, or excitement in order to have control. It’s being indifferent to a person or situation. And it’s what happens when we tell ourselves lies about accepting that person or situation. Telling lies or not accepting the truth about certain situations doesn’t give us a solution to everything. Apathy may sound like a great solution to many problems as you are not concerned about what is happening in the world. It may sound like if you’re at peace with the moment, then you’re not concerned about changing anything, you’re accepting whatever is, and not doing anything to change possible uncomfortable circumstances.
In reality, the present scene includes both the discomfort and any impulses to deal with it. We tend to think that being at peace with the present scene means being at peace with every situation around us. It’s very common. You thought everything is going great, and you were okay with that situation at work/home/your book club. And then the next thing you know, your heart is beating too fast, your adrenaline is rushing, and you are in as much pain as when the wound was fresh. You’re wondering, what just happened? That’s what apathy is all about, uncertainty. When you stop paying attention to things around you, there will be moments the may backfire.
Apathy Vs. Peace
Apathy is very common in spiritual circles. I often meet people who at first seem marvelous and quiet, but then I notice that they change a lot. His eyes change his mind when certain problems arise, for example, some people are fed while others die of hunger or, in some countries, children die when a $ 5 water filter can save them. Apathy means that people do not want to talk about wars on their behalf or children who have become sick due to their cell phones. They think that politics is something that others do. Instead, they focus on “positive things”.
In inner peace, people are not leaving the world. Only scary people retire. Peace is like a swan that appears to be gliding gracefully on the surface of the water but inside struggling to stay afloat. Inner peace is like that, you need to calm yourself from inside and outside. They secretly find true peace, but do not recognize it. The person who cannot leave the feeling of apathy and, slowly, they begin to live with this feeling. Apathy comes from a lack of peace. If you feel you have no power to fight with the problem, apathy seems like a smart choice.
Accepting a situation or the behavior of a person means that you are at peace with it or them. And that’s the actual goal with all of this- peace. We want to be able to move forward from the situations that pain us, even if they are still in our lives. Some things can’t be changed, and the same goes for people. At least not by us. But how we feel and deal with them is up to us.