EASA APATHY NEWS

To make EASA 2020 organizing more transparent and accessible, EASA Estonia will start sending out weekly newsletters. We will tell where we are with organizing, how people can help us with it, what is happening on the workshop front and stories from EASA countries. Everyone can send us stories they wish to share on the newsletter, be them Instagram accounts of workshops for this year or online lectures EASA countries might be having online. To share information with us, please send them to info@easaestonia.ee

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HOW TO ORGANISE AN EVENT

As EASA Estonia organisers promised, a guidebook "How to organize an event: 10 do's and don'ts for a successful summer" is finally ready. It doesn't have the capacity of Neufert's Architects' Data but is a simple book that has basic information on how to get started. It consists of an introduction (explains our decisions around these uncertain times we have to deal with), short stories from the past and a list of practicalities that help you have a more successful summer.

You can find the guidebook HERE


WHAT IS APATHY?

Apathy, as a phenomenon, has multiple sides and angles one can view it from. It is hard to comprehend it wholly, but the more one looks at its different aspects, the clearer the apathy shapes will become. It is important to keep in mind to not think of apathy as finite and fixed, but a constantly evolving living thing, being aware of the changes happening. For a better understanding of a phenomenon affecting our daily life, not to take a positive or negative attitude towards it, but more of a curious observer who has taken a step back, analyzing it through a wider context.


The Ethics of Boredom.

The title of this chapter is potentially misleading. It suggests that I intend to put forward a set of practical precepts as to how one ought to view boredom. This is not my intention. There is no solution to the problem of boredom – that is what makes it a problem. The title can, however, be understood to imply that I feel that boredom has its own moral. That is closer to the truth. I do not believe that boredom as a phenomenon can be a platform for any substantial moral philosophy, but I do believe that it has something to tell us about how we live. So it is up to the individual to adopt a stance towards that.

-Lars Svendsen „A Philosophy of Boredom“


Just like Svendsen talks about boredom, we see it as an approach to try talk about apathy. What stance to adopt towards it and how do you live with it? The dictionary definition of apathy is the extreme state of numbness. In the case of apathy there is no emotional reaction to the event. There is no reflection on the event. No action follows the event. It’s the elimination of the event. A subconscious self protection, resulting in a lack of reaction.

More on apathy HERE