Thursday, July 1, 2010
Apathy is a condition which seems to infect a city and its citizens and drains its will to continue. You can see it in many aspects of society from the national government right down to the folks on your block. I believe it begins when you have been discouraged or disappointed so many times that you just don’t care any longer. I noticed a local aspect which reflects the cities problems and possibly its citizens. Maple Park is a small baseball diamond with a new backstop and some good folks who landscaped and really made the area look good. Unfortunately, that was last year, now the field is overgrown and the bases are gone, the flowers are dead and it looks much different than one year ago. Even the folks who did all the good work have not been back and I cannot blame them. They asked for help from the rest of the neighborhood and they got little or no help. Fighting a losing battle and spending your own money can only go on for so long. I would imagine that even Bill Gates would get tired without help. My point is that for this city and this state to get off its back, everyone has to do something. Even as we struggle through this recession it is more important than ever to help your neighbor and your neighborhood to get through the tough times. I do believe that old line that what does not kill you makes you stronger. So would it kill you to get up and help a little!