Apathy In Our Society: Should We Care?

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Apathy In Our Society: Should We Care?

Alex Jabcuga and Holly Sutton

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Apathy is a virus that has slowly infected society, and it has slowly spread throughout our school. Unlike most viruses, it is not one many can see because it is so common and has become the norm; However, if you look close enough, you can see the infected teachers and students infecting those who are untouched.

Apathy, by definition, is lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern. If you look around schools, you can clearly see this, yet it is more so in high school than in middle school. Have you ever noticed how any dance that is planned for the high schoolers, except traditions such as homecoming and prom, is always canceled because nobody wants to go? Even the big dances like prom and homecoming do not always draw in the largest crowds. Maybe you  have noticed the fact that most high schoolers are not attending home games for any sport, unless they or their siblings are on the team. The same can be said for any other event schools hold. The talent show last year had many people audition, but very few of them were high school students and the only people who attended were the relatives of those participating, and the teachers who judged the competition.

The student body has definitely shown their apathetic side throughout the years. Despite this, many staff members are also contracting this disease. This is not to say all of the staff members are apathetic, because most of the staff do participate in pep rallies, home games, and other club activities at our school. Nevertheless, some teachers avoid all the events or how some teachers leave school at the earliest time possible. These are just a few of the things you may notice.

Our school is filled with teachers and students who simply show no interest in school spirit unless it involves being able to dress down. Not everyone has been infected by this virus, but if we do not act quickly, it may be too late to reverse the effect it has. As this epidemic continues to grow, and as society continues its obsession with social media and the latest trends, we can show that we do not have to fall into this hole. If we start showing interest now, the world will be an exciting place exploding with energy and creativity.

So, what can you do to cure this disease? Put down your phones and technology, and start going to school events with your friends. Participate more, and don’t be afraid to live in the moment. You will feel much better in the long run.

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