INDIFFERENCE IN DAILY LIVING
Marketplace Indifference devastating to my concerns came as a little boy accustomed to paying a penny for 20 ginger snaps and suddenly, by inflation, being cut to 10 for a penny. Out of this Type I Indifference, slowly I discovered the diverse ideas contained in “Indifference” were of an Olio (1642 Spanish olla–pot, stew) nature—i.e. a miscellaneous collection of meanings, similar to that of a variety show. When brought into English in 1380, Indifferent implied not tending to prefer one to another—impartial—neutral. The extended meaning of unconcerned, unmoved, apathetic appeared in 1519; and in 1532, neither good nor bad, average; being nowhere—neither here nor there; neither cold nor hot. In elaborating on these ideas, my Mother told me an Aesop’s Fables story created by Aesop, an African Ethiopian of C6 BC. This Type II was of a shepherd-boy, whose duty was to watch a flock of sheep near a village. To generate excitement, he would often bring the villagers running by crying out, “Wolf! Wolf!”. When his neighbors came to help, he laughed at them for their pains. However, when the Wolf actually came, the Shepherd-boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror: “Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep”. But having been fooled several times, the village people were now indifferent and paid no heed to his cries, nor rendered any assistance. The Wolf, having no cause of fear, at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock. The moral: there is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth. Type III is Nature neither being hostile nor friendly—simply indifferent.
An extension is Type IV—Matter being indifferent to Form. Type V, one and the same thing can–at the same time–be good, bad, or indifferent. Music is good for the melancholy; bad to those who mourn; neither good nor bad for the deaf. Type VI, a good form of Indifference, occurs when one is unmoved to being led by the Crowd or by the fact that no one has ever achieved this or that or to the difficulties encountered in what has to be done. Type VII, another good form, was my learning in life to work hard in preparing gifts but then being indifferent to whether they are appreciated, taken, or used. Type VIII–Politeness can be organized indifference—i.e. hard softness. Type IX: Indifference comes to those whose morals have withered as a result of feeling apathy or injustice from the ‘Silent Majority’ and/or from ineptitude by ignorant and/or evil leaders bent on greedy personal gains. From my observations, Type X–“Don’t Care” (to ignore, deny, reject) characterizes a terrible form of Indifference (Bailey, African Tradition for Black Youth p317-340). Historically, it has been a mainstay malady of the Rich and Cultivated Classes who serve as continual sources for infecting the Crowd as it goes viral. That “Don’t Care” Crowd dismisses moral things like: “justice being the truth in action” or is indifferent to or has moderation in or compromises with Spiritual Principles. These rank as vices. Evil leaders actively generate a social trend of Indifference, since this makes it infinitely easier to activate in the Crowd Delusional Fears (imagining false, dangerous problems and believing them to pose great problems to something significant to oneself)–Fears serving self-interest gains of evil leaders.
Meanwhile, the “isolation” from others one experiences from their Indifference causes members of the Crowd to spend their daily lives half-frightened and half pretending within a half-indifferent mindset. Such a lifestyle dry-rots over time. One display is Indifference used as a sure defense mechanism, for the afflicted fancy they have as much as they can bear of their own troubles. Hence, they care about nothing which does not affect them personally. Instead of wanting honest answers insofar as honest answers mean saying the unpleasant or disturbing, they seek soothing answers to ease their anxiety. By reaping what they sow, their Consciences slowly erode (wear away) over years from cold indifference of others. Their mental, physical, and emotional health is corroded (gnawed away) and numbed by the multiplicity of micro-crimes they do to others–and others do to them. Associated is acceptance of all of this as “normal”—progressively becoming more blind to obvious evils in and around them. Also, they know less and less about the meanings of their own lives. Thus, the defense of “Don’t Care” means to be bothered less and less. People so beaten down but having so much to fight for, become indifferent to doing anything. They are primed for Brutes to control their minds by fads of destructive “excitement”—all causing vicious cycles. jabaileymd.com