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.