Tragedy happens every day all over the world. Death is nothing new. Not that I really need to explain that to anyone. We all know death is the ultimate end we can not escape.
When tragedy strikes in the United States, however, we take more of an exception to it – almost like WE should be immune to such things. We are more indignant. Our entitled selves scream “How DARE you bring this upon US!” as if it’s okay the rest of the world experiences such things but we are better than that.
I take nothing away from the tragedies that happen here. The ones that make the news. But horrible things happen every day to all age groups, both genders, all the time. Every second of every day.
Abuse – rape – torture – disease – hunger – wrongful imprisonment – death – natural disasters
We don’t want to think about those things because when we do our brains reach the exploding level. We are inundated with images of tragedies on TV, on media sites, the radio, the internet. The number of sad, depressing news stories of some horror well outnumbers the humanitarian, human helping human stories. We are desensitized to the horror.
Until it happens close to home. Then our self-rightous, entitled, indignant selves scream for blood.
What about that child who hasn’t eaten in two days just down the street? Where are your cries for justice there? What did you do about the wife next door that you hear almost every night screaming as her drunk husband beats her? What about the elderly gentleman across the street who can’t get up to get out of his house by himself but has no family or friends to come help him? What about the many teenage children in our country labeled at an early age as juvenile delinquents who get stuck in a system that says it’s there to help them but in reality keeps them in the system, labeling them as worthless, not helping them, not listening.
There are so many horrors and tragedies right in your own back yard, your own community that you can DO something about every single day. But do you? I don’t mean volunteering at every shelter, food bank, old folks home within a 20 mile radius. I mean helping someone in some small way every single day. Making a difference EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Major tragedies happen every day all day long. We can’t stop all of them and we can’t help everyone. But we can restore faith and hope in humanity in the face of all the tragedies one day at a time. One person at a time. One moment at a time.