Apathy U

Home of the fighting “Whatevers”

This will be the third opinion article about this topic, which generally proves to show that if it gets no response, it’s not something our readers care about.

So, why, out of all of the other things happening on campus and in the world, would I beat a dead horse and have a third article about apathy published?

Probably because it’s about apathy and the lack of response just shows how accurate I have been in the past publishing articles about the lack of support and carelessness exhibited by Ferris students and, to an extent, faculty and staff. We need to care.

On one hand, I have met and conversed with quite a few people here who actually care about their work and the world around them. However, it seems by far and large that for the most part, no one gives a flying fig what happens to them here.

Case in point: The article I wrote about hipsters drew more attention than the article(s) I wrote about child slavery. (See Words At War, “Poor excuse to be poor” March 6, 2013, and “Willy Wonka’s slave use” Sept. 26, 2012 and “I support slavery daily” Sept. 19, 2012.)

As a writer, I’ve received more comments and complaints about things that have residually no effect whatsoever on the world around us. It seems Ferris (students especially) has little care for what goes on in the world other than themselves.

I’ve been wanting to write about the effects of the sequester, the drone conflicts, gun control issues, poverty and world hunger, but why would I do something like that when it seems no one cares? People care more about how they look than they care about the fact that as many as 21,000 children die every day from preventable causes.

I get it; thinking about someone else means you actually have to care. I’m sorry if that’s just too much to ask of this campus’ students.

Let’s face it; we go to Apathy University, home of the fighting “Whatevers.” People only care when it personally affects them; damn the rest of the thousands of students and staff that are here at Ferris.

People would rather complain about the lack of salt on the sidewalks than actually find out who controls the funds and how to fix it. Social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter make it easier than ever for us to complain, yet it does nothing in the way of action.

If you want something changed, you’ve got to do it yourself. Complaining about it won’t solve it.