Trying to find sleep tonight and I kept tossing and turning. Why, you may or may not ask? Well I’ll tell you, but be forewarned this is a personal opinionated post, written with possible late night ramblings included. So if you are not interested in my opinion, which I have no doubt, some people are not, I would ask you to consider not bothering to read this.
Yesterday, I, as well as many, many other people heard news about the bomb explosions in Boston. I think there were 3 people killed and the number rising up to 70 injured and a lot of them very severely (amputated limbs etc.) I heard and I was sad, mad and shocked at such a tragic, senseless waste of human life and the widespread affect it caused. I sent up a few prayers throughout the day and tried thinking though it several times, trying to make sense of it, never reaching a conclusion.
As always, things start popping up, usual on social media sites (where opinions run freely (and yes I see the irony in that statement :P)). A lot of them about praying for Boston, which was so great to see.
But what also caught my attention and has lead to this post, were the posts that were about the media, and their focus on this event. Something I read most recently, ranted about the Boston bombing not being the ‘worst’ tragedy out there and being glorified. That because the media posts so much about these first world problems, no one cares about the fact that there are many lives lost in third world due to starvation, civil wars and genocide.
Now this… this almost got me as angry as reading about what happened in Boston. Firstly, I would like to hear these people, the ones ranting about Boston not being the ‘worst’ tragedy, tell the people that lost a loved one in Boston, that it isn’t the worst tragedy. Or how bout the people that have just experienced loss of one limb or even two limbs or a specific body function. Cos I know if I were in that position and someone proceeded to tell me, ‘Well, you know it’s not the worst thing that has ever happened.’ I would most likely cut off that person’s arm and then tell them the same thing. Well no, not really. But I’m hoping you see my point.
I do not believe there is such things as worse or less tragedy. ANY loss of human life is tragic, an attack is an attack whether one person is killed or several thousand. Every life is valuable and precious.
Secondly, to presume that ‘no one cares’ about genocide or starvation in third world countries is extremely ignorant.
Yes, it may not be as widely spread though media, we all know that media will always focus on some things and not others. If you wanna change that, become a journalist.
But to say that because it is not as featured in the news means no one cares as much is
plain stupid not accurate. I, for a fact know many people that do care, and take action by investing in children in those countries. I know many companies that put a lot of effort into investing into those countries to try and bring restoration to those that are hurt, suffering and broken. And of course there could always be more help and more people willing to spend time and money to help.
And media coverage may or may not help that, but to say that media coverage= care factor is presumptuous.
Placing one life or a thousand lives above another, will only lead to more separation, we have seen this in historic acts. The attack on thousands of lives is as senseless and tragic as the attack on the three killed in Boston. And hey, if the first thing you think about when there is a bombing is the fact that the media is doing it wrong, then there is something wrong there.
Anyway I’ll finish up with part of a quote I read today, if you did read this entire, well done, thanks and I really appreciate it!
Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.
Martin Luther King, Jr.