The Apathy of Our Species

Apathy, Jeremiah Walton

The Apathy in America is disgusting.

We are a nation that will watch COPS over the police militarization and brutality occurring next door.  And the house is made of crystal-clear glass.  And our neighbor is screaming.  And our television is on mute.  But we’re still watching the damned television.

There are still passionate folks though.  There are people who have not let the monetary noose bristle cleanly around their neck, and are screaming and twisting as dollars twist in their throat, attempting to stifle their “HEY!  I AM EXCITED TO EXIST!  I HAVE OPPORTUNITY WITH MY HANDS!”.

The apathy towards freedom and creativity that does not result in financial supplements to fatten the American asshole wallet is infuriating.  Money devours heart, quickly.

Having money does not make you inherently evil.  Money in itself is inherently vile, but having it is not.  And sadly, I offer no solution.  I’m a 19 year old poet who’s more focused on getting his traveling bookstore launched than volunteering at homeless shelters or doing physical good in the world.  I’m an asshole just like you.  I use money.  I circulate it. If anyone has a solution, feel free to step forward.

But even without a solution, noting that something is fucked up is important.  Don’t let it slide. And though I use America as an example, this is a global issue. This is a species issue.  Humanity is really fucking up.

And I don’t know what to do about it.  Do you?

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Jeremiah graduated high school spring 2013, and hit the road hitchhiking the following fall. The road beat him up.He's now launching a traveling bookstore and publisher called Books & Shovels, debuting at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival.Jeremiah is founder of Nostrovia! Poetry, and member of NYC based publishing house, Underground Books.
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