Thursday, December 30, 2010

Masochism is...

I read some interesting graffiti on the wall of a bus shelter the other day:

Apathy is Masochism

Really? Why? I don't get it.

I tried reversing the phrase:

Masochists are Apathetic

I would have thought that masochists were anything but!

Then what about sadists? Would empathy be sadism? Are sadists empathic? Sympathetic?

My head hurts!

From Hermione's Heart


Daisychain said...

I don't get it either, LOL, unless it means that if you are apathetic, you end up missing out on good stuff and that therefore causes you pain for which you have no-one but yourself to blame????
In any case, the graffiti artist achieved his/her aim, as the whole purpose of graffiti is to be noticed!
Daisy xxxxxxxxxxxx

Our Bottoms Burn said...

Perhaps it means that not giving a damn about your life is self-destructive?

Anonymous said...

I get it.
Not doing anything will lead to awful things happening- it is a bit like Gandhi's "There is no inaction."
If you look at this on a micro level it is the effect on your life, health, work, house and so on if you do nothing and on a macro level you can see the impact of inaction in tragedies such as the holocaust and Darfur.
Not cheerful but sensible.

redxxx said...

Apathy means you do little, and lets others control events, instead of you controlling your destiny.
However, as you know, sometimes you have to hint quite strongly, or bluntly ask to be spanked, so that is not apathy for a person who enjoys being spanked.

ronnie said...

I don't really get it either.

I would have thought the same as OBB, that it could mean by not caring could be self sabotage.

I'll be interested in seeing what others have to say Hermione.


Tenth Muse Top said...

I agree that apathy and inaction can be damaging to a group or self-destructive for an individual, but I don't think 'apathy is masochism' fits for very long...

For example, a Mistress who is apathetic might not feel like loosening the tight knots that cut her slave - even though the unfortunate one is pleading for mercy... In this case 'Sadism is apathetic' would fit...

...and maybe that is closer to it anyway - apathy allows others to be hurt and so is a form of sadism?!

Hermione said...

Thank you everyone for the insights. This graffiti really DID get noticed, but the author will never know how or where.


Anonymous said...

If you're apathetic, you feel no sorrow, you feel no happiness. You feel NOthing.

The text doesn't make any sense >:-/