Looking at Apathy – We Are Our Own Heroes

By November 4, 2016 blog No Comments


I’ve recently watched this short (7 mins) TED talk which I think has a lot of relevance to us within (and outside) the frack free movement. So much time and effort is spent on awareness raising and trying to get people to be actively involved in opposing this industry. “The apathetic public” is a phrase we come across time and time again, as an obstacle in our path.

What if we are wrong about this? Maybe we just need to change the way we look at things for a while….

Polls consistently show that the vast majority of the public are against fracking, only a tiny percentage are for it, and a similarly small number are apathetic about the subject.

All these points made complete sense to me. Some of them have been tackled by many of us already, some require people on a wider base to shift their thoughts.

Point number 4 is the one that stood out to me as being THE NUMBER ONE POINT relevant to us .

There is no Hero, there is no band of people that will appear over the horizon and save us. We are our own heroes. Only the combined efforts of a community can work against this.

There is no hierarchy, nobody is in charge to tell us what to do, we find the impetus to bring about change coming from within. Be your own hero to bring about the change you want to see in the world. Individuals standing up and preaching to everyone about what they have to do, are speaking from ego. Individuals cannot move this forward, communities can.

“Heroes: How do we view leadership? Look at these 10 movies. What do they have in common? Anyone?They all have heroes who were chosen. Someone came up to them and said, “You’re the chosen one.There’s a prophesy. You have to save the world.” And then someone goes off and saves the world because they’ve been told to, with a few people tagging along. This helps me understand why a lot of people have trouble seeing themselves as leaders because it sends all the wrong messages about what leadership is about. A heroic effort is a collective effort, number one. Number two, it’s imperfect; it’s not very glamorous, and it doesn’t suddenly start and suddenly end. It’s an ongoing process your whole life.But most importantly, it’s voluntary. It’s voluntary. As long as we’re teaching our kids that heroism starts when someone scratches a mark on your forehead, or someone tells you that you’re part of a prophecy,they’re missing the most important characteristic of leadership, which is that it comes from within. It’s about following your own dreams — uninvited, uninvited — and then working with others to make those dreams come true.”

The original video and transcript (from which the quote was taken) can be seen at

https://www.ted.com/talks/dave_meslin_the_antidote_to_apathy/transcript?language=en