Apathy is antithetical to change!
I recently had a conversation with a bright and personable college student here in Sofia, which got me a bit fired up! The conversation went something like this:
Steve to Student:
“My point is that YOU are the future of Bulgaria. Nobody else. So as a group, the young people *MUST* find ways to positively initiate, create, implement, and sustain change! You MUST. You have both a personal and social responsibility to. We ALL do, certainly, but you are our future, and our hope.”
Student to Steve:
“That is true, Steve! But do you know what they all say..those young people who you say ‘MUST’..well, they say ‘I’d better leave Bulgaria, than do something for a change, something in vain’. And this makes me really sad, as I myself am thinking like that at times. We just need to act, not only talk, but since this in not happening, I guess, we are not ready to stand for a change.”
After this brief conversation, I got frustrated. Here is our educated, intelligent youth, our future, who would prefer to run from Bulgaria, rather than see our country develop!
Good grief, what *has* happened to our sense of personal and social responsibility?
Rather than try to improve our country, our environment, our homes, our life-styles… rather than believe in ourselves and our friends, colleagues, and neighbors… rather than feel compelled to leave this country better than we found it – if not for ourselves and others, then at least for our future children… we’d rather *abandon it?* Run? Decide it is “someone else’s” responsibility? Whoever that “else” might be? No.
I refuse to accept such selfishness and dis-interest in making our home a better place to live. That mentality won’t disappear if you run to another country: that very mentality will prevent you from making strong personal change and growth where-ever you go. You can run to another country; but you’ll still complain, you’ll still stop YOURSELF from making as many positive personal changes as you need to make. You’re running from a problem which is within us!
I think it’s time to face the mirror, look deep down inside ourselves and find our sense of responsibility and personal strength, and finally demand more from ourselves, and each other, towards building a better future right HERE!
YOU CANNOT BUILD A CIVILIZATION BY GIVING A PLATFORM TO IDIOTS AND SILENCING INTELLIGENT PEOPLE (INCLUDING YOURSELVES)!!!!!!!