WilderGothicaFeatured By OwnerDec 22, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
It's a nice gesture, and I guess some people think...what if it was my family or me? But personally I couldn't get that worked up over strangers either, but yes, I think it was upsetting. I don't know why Africa and other places are always brought into the argument because we know they've got hard lives, etc. but when you're from the country it happened in, that's why it's more bothersome.
I read an article in Wired a loooong time ago that was really interesting. It had to do with how the human mind really doesn't like big numbers in general. They're difficult to relate to. Thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions, billions, trillions. The larger the number, the more abstract it becomes. They related it to psychology by pointing out how people can get so wrapped up in the case of one or a few people, while the same thing is happening on a much larger scale and no one cares. Think Jon Benet (sp?). People didn't care about the massive number of children kidnapped, killed, or sexually assaulted every year. They cared about that one individual. The same is true here. It's a number that's small enough to put names and faces with, to personalize.
That being said, I cried. For any number of reasons, some very complicated, and some very simple. What happened on that day was a tragedy. It's no less of a tragedy because other children die in other circumstances. I have lost people close to me, some in horrible ways, but I still can't imagine the pain of those families. I understand that some people are indifferent, and I won't judge you for your indifference. But you shouldn't judge me for caring, either.
It's called mourning and/or paying respect. Excuse us for being empathetic, for showing compassion. Believe it or not, lots of people would like a lot more of that.
I feel bad for the children who were stabbed in the Chinese elementary school, and the thousands who died fighting for their freedom in Syria. I am also horrified that people (including children) are dying by the dozen in suicide bombings and drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.
Yet here you are, sitting safe in front of your computer, implying that its pointless to express sorrow and concern for the dead and injured?
Just who are you to criticize these mourners? And what makes you so much better?
I'm getting tired of this nihilistic, misanthropic bullshit.
Lastly, I'm certain that you would not be saying this if someone you knew was in that school.
I don't know about those people holding candlelight vigils, but what makes me sad about this event is that children IN MY COUNTRY were shot and killed. Things tend to be more shocking when they happen in your country. Also, not to play the "moral olympics", but I actually do care and think about everyone who is having trouble. If I have the money, I will donate to the charities that help those children in Africa you OBVIOUSLY care so much about. But it's not always that easy. Sometimes people don't have the money or things to donate to people in "real trouble". Sometimes all you have to offer is your sympathy. Caring about people, especially freakin' children, is not such a bad thing.
It reminds me of how half the damn world cried when Michael Jackson died. Many of these people probably accused him of Pedophilia just years earlier I get it, he was a great guy whom the music industry will have a lot of trouble replacing. But does that really warrant crying as if you just lost your mother I for one can just never get that attached to people I don't even know
I suppose people do get very familiar with celebrities. But if that's the case then I wonder why so many people are so upset about people they haven't met or even seen on TV before I's almost like a little kid getting distressed because the cat or dog that lives in some stranger's house on the other side of town ran away
I find this Story really sad. But i don't fall off in tears crying for hours. <---- Crying for people you never met. Thats whats in don't understand... You can be sad, upset, angry but just don't fall of in tears thats stupid.
Its simply a way of showing support. Kind of like all the stupid walks people do (MS, Breast cancer....). The walking in a big circle accomplishes nothing, but it gives a sense of hope that with focus and energy we can improve things.
Hope doesn't improve things. Effort and direction and productivity do.
Which is why all those self-righteous "walking" pricks end up blowing all the money on the walks instead of research and progress. It's more about feeling good than doing good. No good comes from false hope. Actually making noticeable progress and actually reaching improvement is what is needed, rather than just "hoping" for a solution.
Man, at this rate, I'll have a prick-fairy answer for every self-righteous scenario! Waha!
No, I''m not trying to be insentive. No, I'm not ignorant that the continent has its problem, like every other place in the world. But bringing it up EVERY TIME someone brings up a tragedy in the developed world, I can't help cringing. The argument is just so old and so patronizing.
I have no reason to cry over someone I don't know or I should not cry over something that accures daily. People get shot everyday but, do you see anyone on here grieving for them? No. So, why should I grieve for a bunch of kids?
Blackrosekane89Featured By OwnerDec 18, 2012Professional General Artist
There are a few reasons why certain victims get more widespread attention (IMO anyway).
I think people have a hard time coping with senseless tragedies like this. If a child that has cancer dies, it is sad, but the child is sick, we can make sense of that. There was a reason the child died. He/she was sick. Africa is a poor nation overflowing with disease (at least the way it is depicted in charity commercials), so we can understand why people die. But someone randomly shooting children or a movie theatre, they can't make sense of that. People seem to need a "reason". That's why after a shooting or mass killing people delve into the killer's childhood. They want a reason that this happened. There has to be a reason why he shot up those people.
The second biggest component it simply media attention. Awareness goes a long way. Look at Yu-Yu who died in 2011. She was a two year old girl in China who was heartlessly run over by two different vans and left to bleed out for over 20 minutes while 17 people walked past her without even looking at her. The surveillance video when viral in Hong Kong and people were outraged. She got superb, round the clock medical care (Although sadly she passed away anyway), vigils and the drivers were arrested. When this story was big, a fair amount of chinese people came forward and admitted that this is something that happens there. People get run over and are left to die there, and no one cares. The drivers seldom face any charges. The only reason Yu-Yu got special attention was because the media ran the story.
The reason people find the death of children is obvious and I don't think you need it explained to you.
I love how people are all "What about the people/kids in Africa (etc) who die every day due to (insert factor leading to death here) as if it's really all that valid.
I'm not saying what happens in these places is any less tragic, in fact it's actually /more/ tragic in most cases. But I mean, come on, how often do you guys actually think about these things yourselves? Or better yet, how often do you actually do anything about it?
As it has been pointed out, it's how the media portrays the entire thing. Are you honestly surprised when people pay more attention to things that hit 'closer to home'? I don't really think it's right to ignore the worlds problems, no, but isn't it a little hypocritical to wave it off as 'psh, worst stuff happens elsewhere every day'?
Is this really as tragic as the media claims it to be? For those that were not affected, no. We'll all forget these families before next summer. Is this even comparable to the shit that goes down in the rest of the world? Nope. 'Corse not, and I doubt that the people who are upset over this would try and argue against that. So what's the issue, really?
I agree with ~Solaces, why bring children from Africa into this? it's irrelevant to the topic, that we are currently contributing to. Of course; it is sad that they die every second, but its not like they have a choice to die. For a second; even a milli-second feel sympathy for those children. Their future has been taken away from them; like the children in Africa.