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Why do most of us tend to be ignorant of the problems/issues that are in front of us?
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Because we're human, at the end of the day. We aren't perfect. We are flawed creatures.

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we're not ignorant. we just tend to avoid it.

thinking it will be gone the next morning. and then BOO YAH. It wasn't.


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Very true. We pay more attention to denying people of their rights
i.e Gay Marriage

The bible also addresses issues like those you listed but do we go around and try?
Only a handful.

Most people are quick to wave their hand and so gays...i practically never see people say no poverty...and that isnt exaggeration -.-

I support this thing The Girl Effect where you try to keep girls from ending up raped, in poverty, Hiv+..i went on facebook to join the group and more people are fans of Lil Wayne than they are of the guild...30x less....a disgrace.
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Because, it doesnt affect them, once it does, well, u get the idea....
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Haha just don't ntoice it??
Posted 2/6/11
wow, what a deep thinker you are lol
i dont think its bullshit because it is happening to someone or somewhere
but not to me or anyone i know, so i dont really think about it
i'd probably when im an adult though
and im not happy-go-luck, i dont think anyone really is, after all they may have problems you dont know about
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I think society as a whole has been in degradation for some time now. There has always been difficulties that we face, and when it affects enough people, people rise up en mass and resolve it. The way I see it, there are a variety of reasons people tend to choose apathy over action, proactive or reactive.

- They don't see it on a day to day basis.

If they aren't exposed to it, even knowing of it may not be enough. If a problem seems foreign enough that it doesn't seem to affect you, then in effect, it's non-existent. "Ignorance is bliss" fits here in that if you've not seen it, heard of it, or otherwise have experienced it firsthand, secondhand, or somewhere along the lines of communication that can be tied to yourself or someone you know, people tend to disregard it as fiction or propaganda. I imagine something being thought along the lines of: "If it's not happening to me, now, why should I bother? It's not like it'll affect me if it's not affecting me already." Although it seems a bit harsh, there is a bit of logic to it, albeit misguided imo. It may not appear to affect you, but it affects people that provide the services you use, or the services they use to provide that which you consume.

- They're too busy.

Life is full of complications. Sometimes, it seems impossible to do even the simplest of things if you've planned everything out. When our day runs by the clock, be it school, work, family, or some combination thereof, life can be hectic, complex, and demanding. This is the "being lazy" excuse. There's always a rationale to not do something because something else is already on the plate of things to do. If we don't organize and prioritize our lives, our lives will be organized and prioritized for us. My rebuttal to this argument would be "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Even if you believe you're too busy to accomplish something, everyone has things they can fit into their schedules. Sometimes things that seem insurmountable can be accomplished easily a little bit of a time. As long as you don't fall back, making a step forward, even one step at a time, is progress.

- They don't see their contribution being anything meaningful, so they give up.

One voice out of 6 billion+ won't make any difference. However, one voice out of 5 or 10 might make heads turn. If you have friends, talk about issues. If they have an interest, they'll make a comment. If enough people gather, then there's a cause to move to action. Sometimes people just don't think that a topic they hold interest in would be something the people around them might have, or they'll feel foolish for mentioning it. Like being in a classroom, nobody wants to ask a dumb question, so questions that are unasked are unanswered, and the people who come upon obstacles in understanding have to make due with the resources available to them to make sense of things. It's easier to not risk asking the question and making yourself look foolish than using resources to answer it yourself, or so people think. Thing is, if people aren't curious, progress isn't made. Even the simplest of questions can bring about profound realizations and can even make history books. Many observations of cause and effect have lead to simple questions questioning the laws of science and introducing a scientific revolution of theories. There is no such thing as a dumb question. Even if you don't believe you can contribute meaningfully, your family might take interest in something you're interested in (not limited to politics and cultural affairs), and if that's not the case, then find a group who're interested in it as well... it's easy enough to find one online, or talk to someone who's knowledgeable about the subject for clarification. Representatives are there to... represent... it's their job to listen to your concerns and how it affects people they represent. If it seems like a big issue, it's worth mentioning. If you can't think of a way to solve it, find someone who might. Even if it's only one step toward the goal, the key is to start moving.

- They benefit from the issue staying as it is, and they don't want to give up the privileges such an issue provides them, so they don't do anything.

Selfish greed. They can see the pain and suffering an issue causes others, they know how to act to solve the problem, even if only a little, but they don't want to risk the benefits they already get out of it. If it means losing something they already have, people are much less apt to act. Most of the Hollywood 'evildoers' and criminals that are portrayed in the movies would have such motives. It's not a beautiful side, but it's one that exists nonetheless. After all, if it feels good, why not? It's cheap, right? Why not buy it? I know that this shirt was made from child labor, but it's cheap, so I'll support the company that forces the children into labor. It's a job, so they get paid anyway, right? They didn't cater to our wants or desires, why shouldn't we steal what we can't have anyway and make it accessible to our friends? Anime that isn't released in our country, and doesn't seem like it ever will... we're not stealing from the anime studios by downloading fan-subbed ripped RAW files, right? It's not our fault they can't even start up a distributor in our country because they're already competing against the piracy that will release it before they're even able, right? Besides, some of us don't have the money to see it officially, so why pay if we can get it for free? That's not the definition of theft, is it? ( There may be exaggeration here, but you should get the point )

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If people didn't stand up for what they believed in, we wouldn't have what we have today. Somebody has realized that if they force people to look at what's in front of them, they're less likely to look at what's ahead. When people are just striving to get by on a day to day basis, just an accident away from having everything they hold dear taken from them, they're much less apt to speak out or against something, even if they see it happening in front of their faces. It happens on the bottom, where people don't have the reputation, money, or energy to stand up. It happens in the middle, where people are working day and night to prevent their foundation from falling out under them. It's happening towards the top, when people realize that if they stop something that should from happening, they could lose out on the benefits it gives or might give them later. It's happening at the top, where the people in power want to stay in power. It does take time. It does take effort. It does take talking to other people. However, one person *can* make a difference, or we wouldn't have any historical figures to speak of.
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I'm not ignorant about the issue since I know everything about these issues.

I just simply don't care about it.
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