Are we becoming numb to tragedies?

May 23, 2017

There’s been so many different reactions today to what happened last night in Manchester at the Ariana Grande concert. I’m sure you have your own opinion about it. Everyone does.

I think one of those reactions is that some people are starting to feel numb. Have you experienced that at all?

And honestly, I’m one of those people. I was shocked at how little this phased me yesterday, not because I don’t have emotions – OF COURSE my heart and soul goes out to the families of those affected by these horrific attacks. I cannot imagine what this must be like for them.

But I felt numb because this happens too often, doesn’t it? This wasn’t the biggest tragedy of our lifetime, not even in the last 5 years. I mean Paris, and Orlando, and now this. It’s become the norm to get alerts on your phone of another bombing, another terrorist attack somewhere in the world. And that shouldn’t be normal, right?

There are some people who in a week will forget about this entire thing. Another news story will come along and steal our attention away.

And personally, I think that’s the worst thing that could happen. Maybe I’m wrong, because there are definitely people who want to forget, but I think forgetting just makes it normal. And that would be tragic. But what do you think? How are you feeling? Let us know. 

-Debbins