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Rational Apathy!  Could It Be the Slow Death of Outdoor Recreation? Rational Apathy!  Could It Be the Slow Death of Outdoor Recreation?
Special to ModernJeeper by Del & Stacie Albright, confirmed patriots and landuse warriors dedicated to keeping outdoor sports and Jeeping alive and well. The... Rational Apathy!  Could It Be the Slow Death of Outdoor Recreation?

Special to ModernJeeper by Del & Stacie Albright, confirmed patriots and landuse warriors dedicated to keeping outdoor sports and Jeeping alive and well.

The Editors


America has become a society of media hype, slanted education and brain washing, starting with kids in daycare school learning to hug trees, tolerate excessively and not listen to their parents’ teaching.

At the same time, interests like outdoor recreation are being pushed aside for looming other priorities, some real, and some media-induced distractions purposely intended to keep us spinning in circles. We quickly lose sight of our passions and don’t even realize there is a slow death occurring.

One of our heroes, Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director wrote long ago about “rational apathy” when it comes to the erosion of Second Amendment Rights (gun ownership issues). In his January 2014 column he talked of how people can be concerned about only so many things at once, “so unless they perceive an immediate threat to their own interests, they ignore small infringements on their rights, allowing them to accumulate over time,” Mr. Cox said. Certainly, this is a slow death for outdoor rights and access, particularly in our off-road world.

Freedom fighters, patriots, ModernJeepers, parents, and land use advocates, Del & Stacie Albright


Not much has changed – but needs to!

America is being distracted politically at nearly every turn. When something life-changing or threatening occurs, it seems we have something more pressing and near-and-dear to our hearts to deal with – and I’ll leave it to you to fill in the political blanks.

We are at war, but suddenly, our housing market collapses. We lose people overseas and the economy looms over our very ability to earn a living. Unemployment jumps off the charts, and all of a sudden a state enacts a law restricting detachable magazines in rifles. And the distractions continue on and on…

What is Rational Apathy?

So yes, we get rationally apathetic. Rational means we have reason, or understanding. Apathetic means not having much emotion or interest.

So, when we combine these two terms, we see some Americans justifying – or rationalizing – not paying right now their membership dues in organizations, or not making donations right now to charities of concern, and in general being distracted by other issues that seem more pressing.

In the meantime, the slow death permeates every crease and corner – eventually destroying a part of our rights and access to our lands and waterways.

The anti-access busy bodies who are passionately dedicated to shaping the world in their own exclusionary elitist likeness continue to chip away at our rights and freedoms. Much of the media and Hollywood types jump right in and “educate” us in the ways we “should” know – their way.

We must moderate them and, in some cases, we must stop them. We must not drop our passion in the outdoor sports we love. In fact, may we suggest, “Pass On the Passion” – keep it alive. Pass it on to kids; pass it on to elected officials; and pass it on to your favorite organizations fighting with you.


The key may be to focus on what your primary passions are. Maybe it’s gun rights and off-road; maybe it’s land rights and access and the kids ball team; whatever it is, stay in the game and do something about saving your passions with a once-a- week commitment.

Or consider our “One for One Proposal” which suggests for every fun, outdoor day you enjoy, you write one letter, or make one phone call, or attend one meeting about landuse/politics. Or make one donation to your favorite off-road jeeping organization.

Please do not let life’s distractions and myriad of priorities contribute to your losses and the slow death of outdoor recreation. If we pass on the passion and keep our rights and freedoms in the forefront of our lives, we can stop the slow death! The cure is to not lose sight of your rights and freedoms!
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Del Albright Ambassador

Internationally published author; WorldWide ModernJeeper Abassador and 2014 Inductee of the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. Del has been involved in the Jeeping Lifestyle for longer then most of us can count. His educational and mentorship programs have helped developed warfighters in the ongoing battle to keep Public Lands Open to the Public.

  • Gary Griffis

    June 25, 2019 #1 Author

    Too true Del, if we sit back and ignore it we’ll soon find ourselves restricted to pavement only! The people and groups trying to shut outdoor motorized recreation down and take away our constitutional rights aren’t ignoring it and they’re chipping away at it with persistence. We need to concentrate on keeping these rights for ourselves, our kids and our grand kids or we’ll lose them for good.


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