Yours Indifferently, The Fence

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance. – G.K. Chesterton

It cannot be stressed enough that action is better than inaction, that having a passion for something is better than being apathetic and indifferent to everything. Like Weber counsels, we must seize on particularizations and make them our own, to make our lives meaningful in the modern world. It is reminiscent of those Elections Canada commercials in the last election campaign, where the point was that if you didn’t vote, you allowed others to speak for you, you allowed others to ignore you. Failure to reassert your existence through the pursuit of some ideal, some teleology, tramples then on your right to exist at all and your right to a meaningful existence despite your potential as a human being. We may also cite the case of a boy pursuing a girl with hopes of courting her; yet in his blindness, he cannot see her indifference to  him. She treats him as a friend with kindness, however this kindness is interpreted as a coded encouragement to the boy’s efforts to win her. Thus, they reach an impasse: the boy persists and the girl retreats ad infinitum at the cost of time and effort to both. Indifference profits no one and in such cases, even an Islamic fundamentalist or a Christian crusader makes a louder statement than the fence-sitting agnostic.

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