Canadian youth haven't given up on politics. They discuss it on social media, debating with their friends and family online about policy implementation and other issues. They have given up on expressing their opinions, not between themselves, but to the politicians because often times this dialogue is a one-way street.
Sadly, in my experience, purposely ignoring pregnant women while riding public transit has become the norm, not the exception. What has happened to humanity? The lack of focus on others, supported by the technological tools to "zone out" or feign ignorance wherever and whenever possible makes this willful blindness not only possible but probable as well.
I can organize my desk while speaking with a client on the phone. I can skim through my email (and potentially even send out a quick response) during a conference call. I can make dinner while watching the news. In each of these cases, the quality of my work doesn't suffer. My efficiency doesn't suffer. And I get more accomplished.
The word "chicken" has become the name of a product rather than that of an animal. Nearly all North American chickens are raised and slaughtered in industrial operations. Most chickens raised for meat are engineered to grow rapidly in crowded barns with tens of thousands of other birds. The virtual hell created for tens of billions of animals by factory farming is one of the greatest moral issues of our time. Positive change requires us to take animal interests seriously in the all the choices we make, as consumers, citizens and human beings.