IT TOLLS FOR THEE – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Partisan


PARTISAN (pronounced: pardezan)

Noun
Synonyms:  Supporter, follower, adherent, devotee, champion, backer, upholder, promoter, fanatic, fan, enthusiast, stalwart, zealot, disciple, votary
2. A member of an armed group formed to fight secretly against an occupying force, in particular, one operating in enemy-occupied;

(can be named a terrorist by the opposition)

Adjective
3. Prejudiced in favor of or partial to a cause or policies.
Synonyms: biasedone-sided, colored, discriminatory, preferential, interested, bigoted, sectarian, factional, unjust, unfair, inequitable, unbalanced.

These days, I think this description fits almost everyone I know. What is more curious is how many people it does not fit. While we may be frantic and fearful about what is happening to our world, the vast number of people are completely apathetic. They don’t watch the news, don’t read a newspaper (on or offline) and essentially don’t care.

They do not believe that current events matters.

No man is an island - john donne
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions – John Donne

While this may be momentarily true, ultimately, the mess will smack them in the face. When their expensive college degree turns out to be nothing more than a gigantic debt they can’t afford to pay and their master’s degrees aren’t enough to get them a job that affords them the price of a rental apartment, it may dawn on them that what has been going on affects everyone.

When they turn on the water and mud slithers out and it’s beach weather during February in New Hampshire, it will matter. When Florida is not warm but has become a super-heated rain forest, it will matter. When all of our ocean is too polluted for swimming or fish and you have to wear a mask to breathe walking to your car, it will matter.

I have become weary of the uncaring.

They do not care not because they are too stupid (though we have plenty of them, too), but because they are too lazy to bother knowing. Mind you, within the same group of people, are some of the smartest potential young leaders of this world. But right now, I think the apathetic own the majority.

The apathetic majority remain non-partisan because they stand for nothing. Maybe it’s our fault. Maybe we failed to teach them that being involved matters, that “no man is an island.”

23 thoughts on “IT TOLLS FOR THEE – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Nope, not buying the ‘it’s our fault’ thing anymore. The information is out there, everywhere, and has been since … well, since the 70’s really. Those of us who see these things come from all walks of life, just like those who don’t, so education, or class, or whatever excuses they want to use, are irrelevant. “In the Information Age, Ignorance is a choice.”

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      1. Agree with Widdershins. It’s not our fault. The info is out there to be perused. Many are too lazy, disinterested or preoccupied with looney tunes stuff.

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  2. It is hard being a teacher when one is bucking the information from home. Teaching senior high school boys usually required getting them to think on their own. The same procedure held true at the college level. I could always tell when they were parroting their parents. Of course, that was natural; the trick was in allowing them to find their own answers. I remember one day when a student I was talking to suddenly had a light bulb go off above his head. He just stared at me and said, “Oh. you said that so that I would say this!” Exactly.

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  3. This depresses me more than I can say. I always thought my son would be one of the leaders of the future, but he believes it’s all too big and there is nothing he can do, so he doesn’t want to try. It frustrates me so much, especially when he also tells me about people he admires (influencers in his social media-driven world) who are, as he puts it, “saying all the stuff you’ve been telling me for years Mum.”

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          1. I wonder if part of the pessimism about their ability to effect change comes from not seeing examples of how protest and “people power” actually work. My political education — especially my activism — took place at a time when we did actually seem to achieve change. In a short space of time, NZ went nuclear-free, decriminalised homosexual acts, improved women’s access to abortion and our legal rights when marriages end, and began to redress some of the injustices of the colonial governments toward Maori. We failed to stop the 1981 Springbok tour, but overall, we felt that our voices were heard.

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  4. This is so true, Marilyn. I love the Donne poem, and it fits with these sentiments so well – good choice. I, too, am weary of the uncaring. I fear for future generations.

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      1. I guess that young people haven’t lived through a world war or its aftermath. Maybe they’ve had it too easy and take stuff for granted? I know it’s hard to get to grips with and it is very depressing. Luckily, my 15 year old daughter isn’t like that at all. She’s sensitive and she does care a lot. But I know she’s unusual as most of her school friends don’t care.

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          1. Granted, the mess can be overwhelming. I think some people do care but feel powerless to act in any way meaningfully. It’s a scary state of affairs, that’s for sure.

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  5. It is hard to understand why they don’t care more. Those who are working hard and struggling to make ends meet are maybe too tired to care or they care but don’t have the will to do anything but those who have nothing more important to think about than the Kardashians, Game of Throne’s and the sex of Harry and Meghan’s baby really have no excuse.

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