Apathy Condemned

[4:97] Those whose lives are terminated by the angels, while in a state of wronging their souls, the angels will ask them, “What was the matter with you?” They will say, “We were oppressed on earth.” They will say, “Was GOD’s earth not spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?” For these, the final abode is Hell, and a miserable destiny.
[4:98] Exempted are the weak men, women, and children who do not possess the strength, nor the means to find a way out.
[4:99] These may be pardoned by GOD. GOD is Pardoner, Forgiver.
[4:100] Anyone who emigrates in the cause of GOD will find on earth great bounties and richness. Anyone who gives up his home, emigrating to GOD and His messenger, then death catches up with him, his recompense is reserved with GOD. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
[4:101] When you travel, during war, you commit no error by shortening your Contact Prayers (Salat), if you fear that the disbelievers may attack you. Surely, the disbelievers are your ardent enemies.

Usually when people think of apathy they think of how the unaffected party react to a situation that takes place to others, but in this verse it is about the responsibility of the affected. When we are apathetic to our situation we can fall into a victim mentality. This can cause us to absolve ourselves from any personal responsibility in the situation as the situation is “out side of our control.”

[65:2] Anyone who reverences GOD, He will create an exit for him.

Victim Mentality
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on the Victim Mentality

Victim Mentality – Therapy – Working it Out Together

Niromi de Soyza on ways of overcoming a victim mentality

Personal Responsibility
Personal Responsibility – We Are Not Victims – The Empowered Human: 360 Senses!


Oprah on Taking Responsibility for Your Life – Oprah’s Lifeclass – Oprah Winfrey Network

Learned Helplessness
Personal control (locus of control, learned helplessness, and the tyranny of choice)

Learned Helplessness


John Chapter 5:1 – 9
5 After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in [a]Hebrew [b]Bethesda, having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [[c]waiting for the moving of the waters; 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.] 5 A man was there who had been [d]ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He *said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus *said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” 9 Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.

Overcoming hopelessness | Nick Vujicic | TEDxNoviSad

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