I arrived about five minutes late for the seminar. The speaker, a notable professor of political sociology from the university, was discussing the topic of ignorance and apathy in 21st century America and how it was adversely affecting our democratic processes.
I was interested in what the professor had to say and to hear his insights, as I believed that it was a combination of ignorance and apathy on the part of American voters that led to the disastrous election of Donald Trump to the highest office in the land in 2016.
The auditorium was packed, but I managed to find an available seat towards the back of the room. I sat down next to a guy who was busily texting on his smartphone.
“Excuse me,” I said. He looked over at me, seeming to be irritated that I had interrupted his texting. “I’m excited to hear what this notable professor has to say about ignorance and apathy. Did I miss anything important?”
With a look of disdain, the fellow looked at me and replied, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”