Apathy: a breeding grounds for destruction

The breeding of apathy amongst people leads to the destruction and deterioration of a city and its environment. Indifference towards morals and other human beings becomes reflected in the surroundings as a result of the inhabitants own careless behavior. Jane Jacobs, the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, once said “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody” (Jacobs, 238). This statement is true, but with this truth comes a harsh reality. Just like the idea that everyone can create a city so that it can provide for its community, people can also tear down a city through apathy, which leaves nothing but destruction.

Apathy begins with a few people and then it spreads throughout the community like a ripple effect.
It starts from a small peak and trickles down the community, affecting people and tarnishing them with it's destructive ways.
Soon after that, more and more people become affected. The city begins to deteriorate but no one seems to notice because disregarding your surroundings has now become routine. "There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder... the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served" (Jacobs, 15).
Not only is the public undergoing destruction, but personal effects are suffering as well.
The good people, otherwise known as the people who still own a sense of morals and judgment, are the victims of this whole ideal. They are the silent sufferers.
While the chaos as a result of apathy ensues, those who encompass the indifference stand back and watch. The few good doers try to reverse the effects but it's already too late. "The city wasn't pretty. Most of its builders had gone in for gaudiness. Maybe they had been successful at first... The result was an ugly city of forty thousand people, set in an ugly notch between two ugly mountains..." (Hammett, 1).
It reaches the point to where people are walking among their own ruins. But nothing is done to fix it because they simply don't care.
In the end, the town is destroyed by its own people. The disease of apathy has ran its full course and the inhabitants have nothing left to call home sweet home. "The neighborhood shows a strange inability to update itself, enliven itself, repair itself, or to be sought after, out of choice, by a new generation. It is dead. Actually it was dead from birth, but nobody noticed this much until the corpse began to smell" (Jacobs, 198).
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