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Obscurity: No Crueler Punishment!

Olivia1 Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 2:07 PM
Call me cold too, if you wish. I get sick of the sappiness too. A bunch of mostly strangers hugging and crying, mostly for the news cameras, does leave me cold. Ann is right. If you are personally horrified, as opposed to being sickened by the killer's actions from a distance, then do something to benefit a victim or a victims family, and do it in private which is the real mark of compassion.

I feel awful about what happened in Colorado, but can we stop the hugging and the teddy bears? Just as society can become inured to violence, it can also become inured to sentiment. There is nothing so hackneyed in the world of photojournalism as pictures of the hugging and the shrines with candles and teddy bears after a tragedy, with a piano softly trilling in the background.

This accomplishes nothing. If you want to do something, please write a check to a good charity, a family financially harmed by the shooting, or send flowers to a specific person.

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