lacking intellectual inquisitiveness or natural curiosity; uninterested.
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Apathy(also called impassivity or perfunctoriness) is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion.
Although the word apathy is derived from the Greek ἀπάθεια(apatheia), it is important not to confuse the two terms. Also meaning “absence of passion,” “apathy” or “insensibility” in Greek, the term apatheia was used by the Stoics to signify a (desirable) state of indifference towards events and things which lie outside one’s control (that is, according to their philosophy, all things exterior, one being only responsible for his representations and judgments).
adding page while reading this Ta-Nehisi Coates article (first time i’ve heard someone use the word):
where he writes:
The task I took on with “The Case For Reparations” was to counter this thinking—to show how the damage of slavery and Jim Crow was extended and compounded by ongoing discrimination, how this continues to devastate black communities, and why a debt was owed. Perhaps Drum lives in a country where white people are deeply cognizant of American history and openly confess to pillage and plunder, and thus feels no case even needs to be made. One sees this belief evidenced in Drum’s post just yesterday, where he asserted his complete unawareness of one of the most significant trends in American historiography (“Dunning? Never heard of the guy.”)
Ignorance is no great sin—there are always things we haven’t read or don’t know. But arguing out of admitted ignorance, opining despite one’s ignorance, isn’t ignorance at all—it’s incuriosity.
Incuriosity is what most “practical” arguments against reparations boil down to. A sincerely curious reader might well have looked at Boris Bittker’s work, or Sandy Darity’s work, or Charles Ogletree’s work. Curiosity might compel one to investigate the victims of the Tulsa pogrom, consider the reparations offered to the victims of John Burge, or the victims of North Carolina’s sterilization campaign. Or curiosity might compel one to support John Conyers’s bill to actually see whether these smaller, successful reparations claims might illuminate something larger.
what if this .. incuriosity ness.. was all we needed to guard against.
and what if we did that best.. by just listening.. to our heart.. everyday. leaning in to what’s right in front of us.
cure ios city ness..
the drive – already w/in each one of us – yet buried deeper than one could imagine in most of us..(via all the institutions that have been manufacturing consent et al over the years..).. that keeps us looking *beyond the single story..
*beyond – desiring to know the other stories.. and/or realizing they always exist.. so saving energy by always assuming good