Saturday 24 February 2018

Katie Byrne: Escape artists - Is apathy really the root of all evil?

Features writer Katie Byrne
Features writer Katie Byrne
Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne

I got chatting to a cab driver about the US presidential elections as I took an Uber through Los Angeles last week. He was smart, insightful and funny… until he told me he was voting for Donald Trump. Our easy rapport became a little more clipped after he landed that one.

There was a time - as recently as a month ago - that I would have debated this with him until I was depositing flecks of spit on his rear-view mirror. On this occasion I just slumped further into my seat and wondered if the Mars Mission was still accepting applications.

It's unsettling to feel the world shifting in a direction that you can't comprehend or contemplate. It's lonely, too. When you don't resonate on any level with a popular movement, you can begin to feel like a rudderless boat bobbing in the middle of a vast ocean.

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