The World We Live In

April 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )


Yesterday, Boston experienced a horrific tragedy.  It’s disgusting and frightening and unfair that such an awful thing happened to such good people.  Unfortunately, this kind of disaster happens far too often all around the world – we just don’t realize the toll it takes on a nation until we experience it on our own soil.  It’s not right that innocent men, women and children be made to suffer at the hands of a few disillusioned and angry people but that’s the kind of world we live in.

It’s not as though things used to be easier – they were just less publicized.  Human beings have always dealt with hatred and violence but now that everyone has a video camera and internet access in their pockets, it seems like we’re constantly bombarded by bad news.  Which is not to trivialize anything that the victims go through – I can’t even begin to imagine what their world looks like after experiencing something like a public bombing.  However, as heartbreaking and traumatic as these events are, we must remember that the good people outnumber the bad.  The media sensationalizes the killers in these situations but what we need more of are the stories behind the people who run towards the damage and do everything they can to help.  There are many more of those types of people out there than there are those who would rather inflict pain and suffering.  There always has been and there always will be.  It’s just easy to forget.

We can’t be scared to go to the movies or to school or to public celebrations.  We must be aware and pay attention to our surroundings, sure, but we must also realize that sometimes no matter how aware we are, bad things still happen and there’s not a damn thing that we can do to stop it.  Unless we live in our basement with nothing but the fear-mongering media for company, we must take risks.  Besides, what sort of life is it if all it contains is fear?  Things can change for the worse in an instant so if anything, instances like this can help us to remember to be thankful for what we’ve got.  I know it’s not easy (and this is something I’ll be working on as well) but we must also try to remember that the good really does outweigh the bad.

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