I’m angry and depressed today. Why? Because there’s a trend on the internet that just makes me so sad it’s almost difficult to put into words.
More than once I’ve written about things that I felt were important and I’ve asked people to join in and try to make some change in the world. The 24-hour No Negativity Challenge, and most recently The Beautiful Like You Project are just a few examples. Few if any people ever get involved in any of these things.
I used to take it personally, thinking there was just some huge conspiracy against me and doing anything I felt was important. I wish I’d been right. Instead I realized that it happens to writers all over the internet. People try to get others involved in something important, and they get little or no response. Even though they’re just asking for people to type or share, just take a few minutes of their time with no cash cost, people don’t bother.
What makes it worse? Post a challenge to write about your 5 favorite songs, or make “Hobbit feet” make sense in a post, or blog about your snacking habits for a month or use every letter in the bloody alphabet, and people are all over it like white on rice. Ask people to do something meaningless and they’ll jump on it in an instant, but ask them to do something important and they run like rats from a fire.
Why? Why is it that people can’t be bothered to do anything important? I’ve seen it happen to so many causes and ideas from so many sources, it can’t be that there aren’t enough people who agree with it. It can’t be that they’re too busy, if they have time for the nonsense. It’s even profitable to talk about causes and issues and activism, because it’s the kind of thing people search for. So what’s the reasoning?
This is the kind of thing that makes people feel helpless and hopeless. No one cares about the things that matter. Even when they could take one small action, maybe 15 minutes tops out of their day to do something positive, they won’t. I don’t understand it. Neither do the other people who have it happen to their causes and ideas. It’s hard to wrap your head around the apparent lack of giving a shit that people seem to have.
Part of me just wants to give up on the self-help and the causes and everything else and just join in on the mindless repetition, but I can’t allow myself to be part of the problem. Even if it’s a losing battle, someone’s got to put up the fight. A lot of people do give up, but I can’t. I won’t. There has to be a way to make people open their eyes and take some action.