It’s been a really bad week where I live, for domestic violence. A child murdered. Another nearly murdered. Two women murdered. People are witnessing these deaths. Family’s are suffering. Police and first responders are dealing with all this. Many people traumatised and affected.
What never fails to shock me, is many people’s attitude to this.
Comments like ‘I don’t watch any news anymore’. Comments that show utter contempt for how this news is affecting ‘their’ lives. I mean how dare these victims be murdered and spoil other people’s lives… with this bad news…. How dare these people suffer and die….. and spoil other people’s lives…..
I understand people would like balance and balance is needed. Some good news too would help. But the lack of empathy and compassion for these murders and the levels of selfishness and apathy are shocking.
It is true, the opposite of good, is not evil…… it is apathy. And apathy is everywhere. And I know apathy makes life so much harder for those who suffer. If everyone decides to ignore it all……… who helps those suffering? If everyone decides to be selfish, who helps those in need? If everyone ignores, avoids etc…. who makes a difference and helps people?
I’ve noticed in an increasing amount of people, the actual contempt and disgust at how the suffering of others….. is somehow affecting their lives and how terrible that supposedly is. And that bothers me. People can be selfish to the core, narcissistic and lacking in any capacity for compassion or empathy. And feel very proud of that. Sadly.
Thankfully, there are some people who do care, do have empathy, do have compassion. And don’t just ignore it all. For them I am so so grateful.