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Aram Fingal: Listen! We're nothing but a bunch of bites in a giant computer!
Mike, Crow & Servo: I'm okay with that!

"The City of New York would like to thank you for participating in our drill. Had this been an actual emergency, y'all would've been eaten. 'Cause you don't listen. You're ignorant. How a man gon' come bashin' through the back of a subway win— That's the problem with all y'all New Yorkers — "Oh, we've seen it all." "Oh no, a six-hundred foot worm, save us Mr Black Man!" And I come in and I ask you nicely to move to the next car, and y'all just sit there like..."(uses neuralizer)
Jay, Men in Black II

Statement: Apathy is death.

"Welcome to our town, stranger. The king has been poisoned, the well is contaminated, the princess has been kidnapped, the drawbridge is broken, the fields are overrun with wolves, we lost contact with the monastery, the merchants are all squabbling about something, the dock workers are rioting, the inn is infested with rats, there are undead in the graveyard, one of the ships is under quarantine, there's a curse on the temple, several town guards are taking bribes, an evil mage has been kidnapping young women, a supply shipment is over a week late, the Duke hasn't been acting like himself lately, a bad minstrel is annoying people in the town square, goblins have moved into our sprawling sewer system, widow Creekjoint has lost her cat, a priceless artifact has gone missing, and we've got an entrenched criminal organization that we're all too chickenshit to fight. If you could fix all that we'd be much obliged."
Shamus Young, Experienced Points

Has he lost his mind? Can he see or is he blind?
Can he walk at all? Or if he moves will he fall?
...Is he alive or dead? Has he thoughts within his head?
We'll just pass him there. Why should we even care?!

The crowd had gathered there to watch him fall, to watch their hopes destroyed.
They watched them beat him, they watched them break him, they watched his last defense deployed.
There was not a man among them who would let himself be heard.
But from the crowd, from their collective fear, arose these broken words:
We are the dead.
The Protomen, "Hope Rides Alone"

Jack: [after Paul thanks him for shooting footage of the genocide] I think if people see this footage, they'll say, "Oh, my God, that's horrible." And then, they'll go on eating their dinners.

Don't like Darktown? Die, and make room.
NPC after yet another bloody melee, Dragon Age II

And as things fell apart
Nobody paid much attention
Talking Heads, "Nothing But Flowers"

"What the American public doesn't know is what makes them the American public."
Ray Zalinsky, Tommy Boy

Wazzat? The water's running bloody red? Eh, stuff happens. You here to buy weapons or gab?
— The weapons shopkeeper after the Amor river apparently turns to blood, Dragon Quest VI

Trunks: Over the next thirteen years the Androids would destroy small town after small town, working their way up. Maybe that's why we reacted the way we did.
[radio station broadcasts upbeat report on a town being destroyed]
Dragonball Z Abridged: The History of Trunks

Five years ago, I lost 30,000 men in the blink of an eye... and the world just fucking watched.
General Shepherd, Modern Warfare 2

DJ: Newsflash! In a daring raid, Delgado Fitzhugh and Garfield Cooper SEIZED Radio Cascara, and urged the people to take to the streets! (looks out the window with binoculars) They didn't.

Hyrule Castle Town, it has recently had a... well, Hyrule Castle, for a start, has recently had some weird... pyramid... put around it. Do any of the Hyrule... do any of the people of Hyrule Castle Town give a shit? I mean, they don't! Why don't they give a shit? Why don't they care immensely about how... (tries to grab a cannon ball mechanism) come on... I need to... grab the thing... OK... (back to the topic) why don't they care about this weird pyramid thing being around their... uh.. their... you know, the-the main attraction of Hyrule Castle is the castle itself; the town is just the extra thing at the end. Why aren't they confused and scared and, you know, really concerned that there is this strange... pyramid? But they're really scared and confused when they see a wolf go around. I mean, it's realism, really; it's the idea that you can't just change from human to wolf without people being confused. But surely they'd also be confused by this very strange thing which has happened to their Hyrule Castle.

Out there is our home. Home, AUTO. And it's in trouble. I can't just sit here and do nothing. That's all I've ever done! That's all anyone on this blasted ship has ever done. Nothing!
The Captain, WALL•E

Half of the people are stoned
And the other half are waiting for the next election.
Half of the people are drowned
And the other half are swimming in the wrong direction.
Mass (special lyric by Paul Simon)

"Because I will not stand idly by and watch as good people, decent people are harmed by actions not of their own doing!" he was surprised at the emotion in his own voice, and struggled to dim it, "It is not cowardice that is the bane of mankind! It is not hatred! It is not fear! It is apathy! It is standing by and doing nothing while others are hurting! It is watching people, good people suffer and having the power to help them but choosing not to! That is apathy, and it nearly destroyed us all! I have had enough of it in the world! I have had enough of it in my life!"
Minato Arisato. A Demon Among Devils

"Certainly is a comment on our society isn't it, they all think he's part of the show, or they don't wanna get involved. It's strange isn't it, how people manage to ignore those things they can't understand."
Jack McGee on the Hulk. The Incredible Hulk

Unionist: You can't do that! The public won't stand for it!
MP: You know, I'd like to agree with you. But I think you'll find that the public couldn't care less.
For the Greater Good (1991)

Bystander 1: Oh my god, he's assaulting that girl!
Bystander 2: Let's just stand here and watch!

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