Integrity Or Apathy?

Here on the physical plane we are faced with making constant decisions; many are subconscious ones, but are they selfish ones, or made for self-preservation? How can you differentiate between being selfish, to do the right thing, or acting to protect yourself or those you care about? Often they overlap or there is a very fine line that separates them, and sometimes the options are so far apart. However, do we have a right to apathy on a spiritual level, or is it a physical realm trait that has become indoctrinated as politically correct?

Let us take apathy, which is defined as a lack of concern in something because you don’t care as it has no effect on you, or that you feel it’s none of your business. We are led to believe that we shouldn’t interfere, but there are times where interference is necessary. The trick is to know when to do it, or when to stand back. The obvious scenarios are when someone is being attacked, or harmed, and to intervene, yet many people these days feel it’s okay to walk on by or not to intervene. I have seen video clips of people being attacked in the street and people have carried on walking past or stopped to watch. It doesn’t take a genius to say this is wrong, and people should have intervened. When asked why they didn’t do something, answers varied from people thinking others would do something, they didn’t know what to do, or that it looked under control. Are these mere excuses, because if the roles were reversed, wouldn’t they hope and wish someone would come to their aid? The simple fact is that they had choices, but try to justify their apathy with excuses. To add to it, people are now afraid of being sued and opt not to intervene. Does this enable apathy?

Now there are times when you should stand back and let people deal with things themselves, otherwise how will they learn? Recently I saw some false accusations made against someone online without their knowledge. and I queried them, but did no more because it wasn’t any of my business. However, I chose to intervene later because the allegations had escalated to personal threats and the police. Here, I chose to say something and I didn’t have to, but my integrity would not allow someone to ruin or damage someone’s life when I had the choice to help prevent it. I was then accused of being a spy and a traitor, but I held firm and knew what I did was the right thing even though I was in the minority. Acting with integrity can be stressful and often isn’t rewarding, but one shouldn’t act to gain recognition or rewards. Because there is usually some outcry, people choose the path of apathy as it’s easier and there is no actual burden on them to act, but is there?

Spiritually if we are consciously aware that someone is being harmed and the other party is unaware, doesn’t that confer some responsibility? Knowledge exists, even though some choose to ignore it, but it is what one chooses to do with that knowledge. If you know someone is being bullied, what do you choose to do? You have that knowledge while others may prefer to pretend they don’t know, is that the right thing to do? Isn’t there a moral obligation to help someone who is vulnerable? Has apathy become so ingrained as the norm in society that integrity has become a rare trait that many are afraid to enact. Before we know it, it may become extinct because the younger generation isn’t being set an example of people acting with integrity. They see apathy everywhere and assume that is normal society.

At times I have to chide those who are older than me to act responsibly and remind them that apathy is not justifiable. Often I am met with frowned glances, but while some see apathy is a means of protecting the self or an expression of free will, is that selfish? To be selfish means that you are only concerned with the benefits to the self, so aren’t all humans to some extent selfish? The human body is trained to try and protect and preserve itself, not only physically, but mentally too. As apathy becomes the norm, the danger is society will no longer function with others helping one another when needed. We hear of voters who are apathetic, and don’t vote yet complain when the vote didn’t go their way. There are criminals who go free because witnesses choose not to give evidence or testify because they don’t want to get involved or don’t want to give up their time. Then these criminals go on to murder or rape another victim. That is one of the results of apathy, and while it may not affect or benefit the person directly, it can make a difference to the lives of others.

As a child I always opted for integrity much to the annoyance of my classmates, and as I got older I succumbed to apathy to fit in and to get accepted by my peers. It can be lonely when you are the only one with integrity, but you are at least guilt free when you know you did the right thing. In my 20s and 30s I flitted between the two and suffered the consequences of exercising my integrity, and the guilt of apathy. I’m now in my 40s and I choose integrity without a doubt; I don’t need to fit in when you know you are doing the right thing. We all need to experience apathy to know that acting with integrity is the better and right choice, even though the outcome can be difficult. Life wasn’t supposed to be easy, but I don’t interfere unless someone is in danger or if a situation is getting out of control. Apathy is a choice, a conscious one whether you wish to admit it or not. As a spiritual soul, is apathy something that helps the Soul to grow? That is for you to decide and to consider.

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