Isn’t it irritating when you are trying to talk to someone about something, or maybe you have been discussing something with them and then suddenly they throw the “Whatever, I don’t care about….x…. anyways. Where x can be anything from climate change, deforestation, woman rights, homophobia or a whole host of other things.
Well I think I may have come up with some solid responses.
1) I don’t care about most people but I still believe human rights should exist
2) I am not an animal lover but I still believe in basic animal rights.
3) I don’t care about you but I still don’t think that you deserve to die or suffer.
4) Your apathy to the issue is not a valid counter argument nor does it diminish the issue.
5) People in the past used the argument “I don’t care” when someone tried to breach the subjects of slavery, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, global warming…etc. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now either.
6) “I don’t care” is really just a passive aggressive self defense mechanism in response to you feeling uncomfortable with your reality being challenged.
So instead of saying “I don’t care” I would suggest using “I am sorry but I feel this topic is too heavy for me to deal with right now” because I also understand that a lot of those controversial topics can also be emotionally charged.
And please consider that the next time a topic makes you feel uncomfortable then maybe it is because the truth behind it makes you uncomfortable. Also no one likes to feel like they are being accused of being a bad person. So if I feel sexism, racism or whatever is wrong and I am trying to explain to you why it is not because I am trying to make you feel bad about yourself as a person, I am simply trying to help you understand my point of view.
I would love to hear peoples thoughts on this. Do you agree or disagree? Are there any points that you think I missed?