Friday, January 06, 2006

A nation of cold-hearted mofos?

Myself and co-worker/friend Eyeder are eating lunch at a restaurant. There is a television turned to CNN...

Damn, that coal mine disaster is a trip, ain't it?

I guess. I don't get it.

Me: Don't get what?

Eyder: Why it's such a big deal.

Me: You don't think all those people dying is a big deal?

Eyder: Not really.

Me: What? All those people died.

Eyder: Yeah, I know. That's sad. For them. But I don't really care. How does it effect me?

Me: Well, directly, I guess not. But it's a major human drama. These are working class people.

Eyder: So? What does that have to do with me?

Me: Nothing directly, I guess. But, shit, don't you think it's sad that all those people died?

Eyder: But people die every day.

Me: The FUCK you talking about?

Eyder: I'm just saying, yeah, it's sad, but what does it have to do with me? I don't really care.

Me: You sound like another friend who didn't think the Space Shuttle crashing was a big deal.

Eyder: Oh THAT was a big deal.

Me: And this isn't?

Eyder: No.

Me: I guess we're going to have to agree to disagree.

Eyder: I'm just tired of all the coverage of it.

Me: Oookaaay, what dat got to do with it?

Eyder: It didn't happen near Houston, so, why is this a national story?

Me: Uh, because so many people died at once? It's a human story.

Eyder: So?

Me: Never mind.

I mean, damn, everybody obviously got the right to their own shit, their own way of seeing things, but I just don't see how someone could look at things like the mine tragedy and not be moved. It's like looking at Katrina and the aftermath and not giving a damn. I actually know someone who didn't think that the space shuttle crash from a few years ago was a big deal.

Like I said, to each his own, but, shit, what happened to the gentleness and thoughtfullness that was supposed to return after 911? Is it just me, or are we becoming a nation of cold-hearted mofos?


*Madosi said...

i was just taught in one of my classes that people want to know how something effects them ... so i can understand both sides.

the person you were talking to did not feel effected by the situation, does not make them a bad person. their point of reference is just different, ya know?

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jameil1922 said...

oh i definitely knew that sweetness of 9/11 wouldn't last. cold-hearted people have always been around. they will probably never leave.

covering this was hard. i wanted to watch all those tvs at work instead of writing for our audience. but somebody had to do it. nearly everyday i hear something like that ignorance on someone's misery. i choose not to react unless they try to pass their ignorance on to the air. then i have to draw the line.

Drew said...

I mean, I wasn't trying to call out Eyder. He's a good guy. Just a little young, I think. I was mainly joking with him.

And, I can understand that people have different reactions to things, based on their frame of reference.

BUT, I still don't see how someone can look at the mine accident and be like, "so?".

But that's just me. I'm not judging anybody. Just trying to figure people out. Team said...

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