In Defence of Apathy

by Chris Dolley

Slackers have a bad press.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” after Edmund Burke

First they came for the communists…” – Martin Niemoller

Both are classics, and both warn of the danger of doing nothing. And yet … isn’t the real danger from those pro-active types who get excited and insist on doing things – like taking over countries and moulding populations to their will? If everyone was apathetic there’d be no war – we’d still be in bed. Or more likely still in the ocean. An apathetic amphibian would have taken one look at land and thought – no, climbing up there looks too much like hard work. I’m fine where I am. Mmmm, shrimp.

And yet the poor slacker gets blamed for the triumph of evil and the rise of Hitler. Why? Because History, and memorable quotes, are written by winners. And slackers, not believing in competition, can never be winners.

Well, I think it’s about time that evil and Hitler took their share of the blame.

So here are the revised quotes:

‘All that is necessary for the defeat of evil is that bad men do nothing’

‘They never came. It was raining.’

Chris Dolley is an English author living in France with a frightening number of animals. More information about his other work can be found on his BVC bookshelf .

Out Now!
An Unsafe Pair of Handsa quirky murder mystery set in rural England charting the descent and rise of a detective on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Which will break first? The case, or DCI Shand?
Medium Dead – a fun urban fantasy chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda – a reluctant medium – and Brian – a Vigilante Demon with an impish sense of humour. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen.
What Ho, Automaton! – Wodehouse Steampunk. Follow the adventures of Reggie Worcester, consulting detective, and his gentleman’s personal gentle-automaton, Reeves. It’s set in an alternative 1903 where an augmented Queen Victoria is still on the throne and automata are a common sight below stairs. Humour, Mystery, Aunts and Zeppelins!
French Fried true crime, animals behaving badly and other people’s misfortunes. Imagine A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.
International Kittens of Mystery. If you like a laugh and looking at cute kitten pictures this is the book for you. It’s a glance inside the International Kittens of Mystery – the only organisation on the planet with a plan to deal with a giant ball of wool on a collision course with Earth.




In Defence of Apathy — 6 Comments

  1. If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. Calvin Coolidge

  2. I have found that if you procrastinate long enough, many tasks do fall by the wayside (though occasionally you have to pull an all-nighter for the ones that don’t).

    OTOH, given the failures of Silent Cal’s presidency, I’m not sure I want to take advice from him. Near as I can tell he didn’t do much about the tenth trouble, either.