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October 8, 2018

Think About It: Comfortably Numb

I read what I felt was an interesting article in my college alma mater's quarterly magazine recently. It was a piece written by the author of a new book called "Bad Stories: What The Hell Just Happened To Our Country", and the lines that stuck with me quoted another author who stated 30-years ago that in our society nowadays serious debate, ideas and literature are now more likely to be compromised or marginalized than ever before. Book author Steve Almond then wrote, "The result was that every aspect of our culture (politics, religion, news) had been reduced to entertainment. Americans had devolved from an electorate into an audience."

 

Almond suggests that we have "…abandoned the duties of citizenship for the pleasures of fandom." More people than ever before devote more time to their favorite sports teams than they do to other pursuits- like politics, volunteer work, or even faith. And I wonder if the age old apathy seen right here in Hawaii nei is simply a byproduct of all of this. Yes, I know we have ostensibly a one-party system in Hawaii, which allows the ruling class to not be pressured very often in fear of losing its jobs or status. But isn't this where an active, engaged citizenry must step forward and demand more? More answers, more help, more solutions, more vision?

 

After all, nowadays we have more, easier ways to communicate and to rally around issues and items of importance than ever before. As this election season evolves, take the time to let your voice be heard, rally your friends and neighbors on issues vital to you and your community, and make sure you vote. Let's not allow for further civic atrophy through disinterest as we risk becoming numb or acting helpless via redundancy of 24-hour cable news babble, overuse of cell phones, unsocial media, and quiet disengagement. Think about it…

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