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Apathy: Is It Strictly a Human Position
When did we become "nutjobs" for being passionate about the important issues in life. And why do we let the mob Bully us into silence and soullessness?
Why did things have to change?
I can't stand even seeing an episode of the "Brady Bunch" flick past when I'm changing channels now, and I don't think I liked it as a little kid either. That family, with their boxed up heads, was very creepy to me. And that was way before I knew that Mrs. Brady was doing Greg and all the other things that were going on. But they did use one word that almost every other kid of that era used, and that was "NEAT". Or the even more fancy "NEATO." I ignored Greg's groovy's, I knew he was living in the past. But Neat and Neato were affixed to my neurons like silly putty left sitting on the radiator. I guess it was right about the time that my brother wouldn't go trick or treating with me for the first time ever, and I yelled, very Brando-esqe, "Our family is crackling apart!" That I said Neato a few days later and he affixed his steely blue eight year old gaze on me and said "Don't say Neat or Neato anymore, ever. Now, when you really like something, say cool, or don't say anything at all." Cool. It's a word that means you're chilly, detached enough to hang with "us". You don't sing along with the radio and if you bob your head to the music, it's barely perceptible. Just enough to make your hair swing a tiny bit. Pass that Doobie. Don't Bogart it. "You goin' down to the Rally against those dudes on Friday?" "What dudes." "I don't know, some dudes. We need to keep our appearance of Social Awareness up" "True dat. I'll make some signs."