When you learn about injustices that occur on a daily basis, do you get mad, indifferent, or take action?
When you hear about another mass shooting, do you get mad, indifferent, or take action?
When you see someone do something politically incorrect, do you get mad, indifferent, or take action?
When you watch a video about a traffic stop gone bad, do you get mad, indifferent, or take action?
When you know someone is being taken advantage of, do you get mad, indifferent, or take action?
Getting mad is easy. In today’s cell phone driven society, people are recording life. We see a lot more things happening. We see more injustices unfold right before our eyes. A natural result is we finds thing to get outraged about, sometimes on a daily basis. Some of these things make us mad, but not mad enough to do anything. Sure we might comment on a post, or complain a little to a “listening” ear, but our “anger” does not elicit a response that will provide a solution or remedy. We just don’t care enough to take action.
See: police misconduct
This leads to a feeling of being indifferent when certain things happen. Again, we are not moved to care enough to take action. Indifference sets in when we see or hear about the same injustice time and time again until it becomes normal. It no longer shocks, angers, or moves us in any way. We simply accept it. It gets worse when we justify injustice. We say things like: “that’s the way things are” or “he /she always does things like that”. We rationalize things and dismiss them as if they are routine. Our indifference shows and remains until things change.
See: mass shootings
Taking action is the hard part. What things get you so upset that you must take action? I am sure the list starts with people we care about. Let some injustice fall upon a loved one. We will respond. But will we take action when something unfair happens to a total stranger? How about those times when we see something on social media? Shouldn’t we be moved to action then? I think we know why to take action: injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. We have to learn when to take action and how to effect change. Then, we will make a difference when injustices occur.
See: Trump protests
I will leave you with this. When you see injustice, regardless of what it is and who it is against, do you get mad, indifferent, or take action? I suggest you figure out what gets you mad and take action. I also suggest you figure out what makes you indifferent change it into action. In both cases, you make a conscious decision o get involved. When more people get involved, more injustice gets eliminated.
It’s your move. Will You Get Mad, Indifferent, or Take Action?