A Sad Reality: We Can’t Care About Everything That’s Worth Caring About (Miniblog #237)
We’re finite people living in an extraordinarily complex and messed up world. The reality is there’s always more concerns to be raised, issues to be addressed, causes to be championed, people to be helped. This is why I disagree with what seems to be this existentialist cultural assumption–perhaps even imperative–that we should all care immensely about every cause that’s worth caring about. In my opinion, it’s not rude or unethical to openly acknowledge, “I agree that issue is worthy of time and money, but it’s not something in which I personally care to invest. I’m committed elsewhere.” Too many of us in the Information Age are a mile wide and an inch deep. Too often we have awareness about virtually everything but do almost nothing. And why is that? My gut tells me it’s because we live within a cacophony. We’re intellectually, psychologically, and spiritually overwhelmed. It seems to me it’s not only better but necessary to find your personal niches, then pour yourself in them without worrying that you’re neglecting other things. It’s an issue of setting healthy boundaries in a world increasingly without boundaries. We’re men and women. We can only do so much.