Yeah People Are Dying... But At Least It's Not My Family
We live in a world in which we have so much even throughout this ecomonic crisis, yet we hardly give anything back. We see people dying everyday on tv, but think nothing of it, I mean it's just the life cycle people die and people are born. We always see stories of people who are dying, but I do not know them so why should I care? Most of those people are from other countries that a large mojority of us can't pin point on a map. We always hear about how 40 or 50 people were killed, but I guess 40 or 50 is not a big enough number. So how about a 100, a 1,000, a 100,000, or a 1,000,000. How many zero is too much?
See 911 is viewed as an international crisis by the western world and only a little under 3,000 people died. Memorials, concerts, and many many tears came along with 911. It is true that it was a sad event but let me ask this question, how many people in the western world knew and cried for other crisis right when it was happening? Crisis such as the Bosnian Serbs that systematically selected and then slaughtered nearly 8,000 men and boys between the ages of twelve and seventy-seven in an effort of ethnic cleansing, or the 600,000 peple that were killed by Suddam Hussein, or the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that resulted in a death toll between 800,000 and 1,000,000, or even the on going Darfur struggles that estimates the death of over 400,000 people and some 2 million more have been driven from their homes. Who was crying for those people at the time of those events, family members? No, not family, they were all dead. Friends? No, they were too busy trying to save what family they have left? Neighbours? No, they were on the run, trying to stay alive.
A person told me why should a Canadian, American, or a UN soldier give up his/her life when those people are not helping themselves? When I processed that question my head told me to scream "WHAT HAVE OUR WORLD COME TO? HOW MANY VICTIMES OF GENOCIDE DOES IT TAKE TO EQUAL TO A LIFE OF ONE SOLDIER? HOW COULD WE AS A SOCIETY TURN OUR BACKS TO A FELLOW HUMAN IN NEED?" But I couldn't, for at that moment was when I realized that we as a specie are heading toward the dooms. When we got to the point where the figures on tv, internet, newspapers, and magazines were just numbers with no faces, and our compassion stopped at our borders, that is when our end began.
I couldn't answer that person's question, I mean how can I? What gives me the right to say to someone to sacrifice their mother and father, son or daughter, wife or husband in order to save hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people that they don't know. How can anyone ask such a thing? Well lets look at the bright side at least these madness aren't happening here and let's hope it stays in third world countries so we don't have to worry about it. I mean yeah people are dying but at least it's not my family, right?