But suppose people are neither
aware of any cherished values nor experience any threat? That is the experience
of indifference, which, if it seems to involve all their values, becomes
apathy. Suppose, finally, they are unaware of any cherished values, but still
are very much aware of a threat? That is the experience of uneasiness, of
anxiety, which, if it is total enough, becomes a deadly unspecified malaise.
Ours is a time of
uneasiness and indifference - not yet formulated in such ways as to permit the
work of reason and the play of sensibility. Instead of troubles - defined in
terms of values and threats - there is often the misery of vague uneasiness;
instead of explicit issues there is often merely the beat feeling that all is
somehow not right. Neither the values threatened nor whatever threatens them
has been stated; in short, they have not been carried to the point of decision.
C.Wright Mills (1959: 11)