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Disillusionment with Society, Lack of Interest or Motivation to Contribute

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I find myself increasingly disillusioned with society and with my peers. In my classes, I feel like there is a lack of focus on important issues and my attempts to provoke conversations on current affairs in the world and how they should be dealt with, specifically in terms of race, domestic policy, and global issues. I feel as if moving on to higher education will not be worth it. I feel if I were to apply myself to some field and envelop myself in my work that it would allow free-loaders to succeed and ride my coattails. I feel as if my peers are rats who lie about their feelings and their interests. They’ll argue that they care very much for social issues such as global minorities facing persecution (the Rohingya, Muslim minority in Myanmar, the Sudanese) yet they never say anything about these issues unless prompted by me. Furthermore, those conversations are one-sided and ephemeral because they quickly grow bored discussing issues they don’t care about. Should I continue to pursue personal goals?

Disillusionment with Society, Lack of Interest or Motivation to Contribute

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Not everyone cares about the same things in the same way, with the same intensity as you do. What is important to you doesn’t have to be as important to others — and thinking it should might be something you’ll want to challenge. Your lack of interest in their concerns, and boredom discussing issues you don’t care about is exactly what you are accusing your “free-loaders” of doing. You seem dismissive and uninterested in their perspectives while wanting them to be passionate about yours.

To engage in true societal transformation requires listening to obverse perspectives, gaining support for multiple concerns, standing up to your beliefs, and tolerance. As far as going on for higher education I think you could have much to offer. Along these lines, I am reminded of the words of Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn: “It’s a universal law — intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”

Disillusionment with Society, Lack of Interest or Motivation to Contribute

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2019). Disillusionment with Society, Lack of Interest or Motivation to Contribute. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 19, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2019/03/19/disillusionment-with-society-lack-of-interest-or-motivation-to-contribute-2/
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