American Apathy: The Death of the Handshake - Page 2
Of course the online experience has its place in the social and community structure. There are drawbacks to the lack of moderation as well as benefits to being in the presence of our fellow man.
In a study done by Tom Rockmore entitled: "Before and after 9/11," Rockmore concludes by quoteing Pope Benedict XVI (referring to him by his former moniker, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger) in which he shares his thoughts on the social structure of mankind once he abandons traditional relationships altogether.
..." this leaves an inability to deal with the future other than by denouncing the present in the name of the past. An instance among many is the suggestion that we are now moving toward a dictatorship of relativism . . . that recognizes nothing definite and leaves only one’s own ego and one’s own desires as the final measure."
Apathy is the biggest collective enemy of civic responsibility. Indifference lets those who need us the most go on depleted of hope. We are forgetting to greet one another and treat each other with the respect that should be inherent in all interactions. How long it has been since strangers have shook hands and settled their differences out of common decency and a genuine desire to live as peaceful people.