Is it possible to eliminate apathy? I wonder if there are communitities where poverty truly has been eliminated, and if so, how? How did they get rid of those who are content to freeload? Or those who are content being bums? In other words, how did they satisfy Marx's quotation: "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs?" One might argue that we're there already, that the ability of many of those who choose to live in poverty is miniscual, so we fill their basic human needs and that's it. (Okay, so that's a very tenuous argument, but it could be made.)
Makes me wonder why I want to be a teacher, when the odds of my having any significant impact are slim to none. So, let's say I do "save" a handful of students - I'm guessing another handful will fall down to fill the void they left as they climbed the ladder to "success."