Posts tagged Haiti
In today’s world, empathy is a passing thing. Just look at the disaster in Haiti. Hurricane Katrina. Virginia Tech. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Our attention spans for these kinds of events are getting shorter and shorter. That should come as no surprise, though, seeing as how we live in a world where things continue to move quicker and quicker. (For example, I just Googled the word “quick” and got 2.16 billion search results in 0.27 seconds. Quick.) As a result, caring about these issues and events often becomes just a fad.
That’s why I like the idea behind the Social Tattoo Project. The project is, in their own words, “making empathy permanent.” Here’s what they have to say about it:
I’m not going to give any background about the situation in Haiti, because by now, everyone in America knows what’s happened in the island nation. And I’m glad that’s the case, because the more people that know, the more people can help.
My only question is, how long will they continue to help?
As Americans, we have terrible attention spans. We’re more interested in “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” than keeping up with actual current events in the world around us. We’re more interested in “American Idol” than American politics. We’re even more excited about who’s going to win the World Series than how we can win the fight against world hunger. It’s absolutely pitiful.
And that’s why I’m concerned about the Haiti relief effort.
By now, everyone knows about the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake in Haiti that has left the island nation in ruins. As I’m writing this post, the death toll is feared to be over 100,000.
There has been an outpouring of sympathy and support worldwide, even by people that have no personal connection to the nation. Almost everyone feels remorse for the devastation being suffered by the people of Haiti.
Not all people, however, have this same level of humanity. Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson are two of the people that don’t.