Apathy is Moral Absence: "Uninvolvement", a Poem
Can We Truly be Uninvolved and Retain Our Humanity?
Have we seen such utter madness
and encountered so much sadness
that they affect us no longer,
and our horror is no stronger
than a passing thought or two
(There is nothing I can do!)
If disease and deprivation
wars, neglect, mass starvation,
epidemics, drug addiction,
crime, riots, and affliction
spark no distress within our souls,
mustn’t this exact some toll?
Where are Our Voices?
If we feel no indignation
when a tyrant soils his nation
with a butcher’s flow of blood;
if a veritable great flood
of loud protests isn’t heard,
why are we mute to speak no word?
When lawbreakers rampant run,
and our cities people shun;
If we turn our heads away,
shed no tears…voice no say….
If we’re indifferent to this blight,
how can we rest content at night?
The High Cost of Apathy
If atrocities in great number
fail to shake us from our slumber,
and we opt for uninvolvement
when we witness gross maltreatment,
and our apathy is manifested
every single time it’s tested
Then I tell you, friend, quite fairly,
time will come to face it squarely
After doom arrives, unhindered,
we will know what we’ve surrendered,
prisoners of our own indifference,
victims of our moral absence
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