The recent Malaysian plane allegedly being shot down, is a tragedy. It is terrible and is getting a lot of media attention and I see why.
But, to me their human life lost is no more tragic, than all the tragedy I see occurring everywhere. The tragedy of human life lost by human force, in war, violence, abuse, human trafficking, starving people etc.
All human life to me is precious and every single life harmed and ended by human sin, is a tragedy. But, I see so clearly that rich societies pick and choose what is considered more tragic than other human life lost.
The lives lost on the plane, is a tragedy and obviously a terrible crime, but no more of a tragedy than lives lost every second, of every day, through human trafficking, or domestic violence, or child abuse, or murder, or starvation, or war. Millions every year.
But, most people around me won’t see that.
They will see that under 300 lives lost on the plane, is a tragedy, as that is really obvious, but not the millions who suffer and lose their lives every year – at the hands of human force.
Society is filled with apathy and being numb to tragedy all around. They mostly fail to see the bigger picture and only focus on what they could relate to – and everyone in rich society can relate to how they would feel if they were in a plane shot down, or who they would feel if that happened to a loved one.
But, they don’t have the empathy, to think about what it must be like to starve to death, or severe abuse that ends in death, or how terrifying it is to live in a war zone. I can put myself in the shoes of all these and imagine what their lives are like and feel their emotions, of terror, pain and suffering, because I have real empathy, that can understand and feel the lives of people I have not experienced.
It is part of my greater maturity and empathy, that enables me to see the bigger picture all around the world and not just select certain tragedies, whilst ignoring and not caring about others.
No human life is more precious than another. And I struggle to say that sometimes, due to all the abusers I have endured. But, I have always known I don’t wish them dead, or to suffer. Be accountable fully for what they have done, face the consequences and reduce the possibility of them hurting others. But, I have never wished them death, or suffering, or anything bad.
I know I think about things on a much deeper and wider level, than most around me, a level of maturity and wisdom, I know is beyond my age and most people within the society I reside.
I do believe the recent plane crash is a tragedy, a terrible crime, but no more than all the tragedy and crime to humanity, I see occurring everywhere – that doesn’t become big news.