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...
Me: Damn, that coal mine disaster is a trip, ain't it?
Eyder: 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?
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.
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?