Flash In The Pan

Posted: April 6, 2013 in Headlines, Random Thoughts, Rantings
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A little over a year ago the world was in an uproar over the death of Trayvon Martin.  Nine months ago, there was mass outrage delivered from the Aurora Dark Knight shooting.    And lets not forget that just five months ago we all mourned the horrific events of Sandy Hook Elementary.  While each of these events were nightmarish in nature, there is something else they all have in common….nobody seems to care anymore.

To say nobody cares does not mean that people don’t remember what happened, but instead means that no matter what happens in life we all seem to just move on.  It makes you wonder how we can put events like these on the back burner and go about our lives.  Are we all just bandwagon beings that jump into whatever cause is new and hot?  Or do we live in such a fucked up world that everyday there is something new to gain our attention?

Hell maybe its a mixture of both. I remember back when Obama was running against Bush, there was barely anyone I knew talking politics.  Then on the morning the papers had “Obama Wins” on the front page everyone seemed to be a political scholar.  Did they read up on politics over night, or were they all just talking out of their asses because they wanted to be a part of it?

I’m saddened by the way the world can push things aside for the next hot topic.  Who knows, maybe tomorrow this idea won’t bother me at all.  Maybe this is my flash in the pan, or maybe I have just realized that I myself am nothing more than a trendy ass poser.


  1. Lori Crane says:

    That is simply the ‘human condition.’ It’s like when a family member dies. You never miss them less, but over time, it hurts less. Everyone is eventually forgotten. Everyone moves on. The emotional trauma of events fade. I find it sad gazing at old photos and thinking how unimportant their lives are to us now. Makes you think the drama you create surrounding your current condition is pretty futile in the long run. Reminds me to smile more, be happy, and don’t sweat the little stuff.

  2. Thoughtful post. I think about this a lot. We seem to have developed a pattern of flipping out en masse at the latest political scandal or national tragedy, then quickly retreating back to the comfort of LOLcats on Facebook. North Korea’s ready to start bombing, pipelines are leaking all over the place, but gosh, that little puppy with the funny caption is just sooo cute!

  3. avwalters says:

    Ultimately, everyone must move on from a tragedy. It’s either that, or get stuck, like some kind of a living ghost. In measuring how long it is before we move on, there are concentric circles of caring and loss. Those most immediately affected bear the loss personally in their hearts. Though initially devastated, they move on, but carrying that burden. The further out one goes, the more attenuated the loss, until you get to the level of news-item-spectacle. Hopefully when a tragedy occurs, its resonance with the general public can be converted into a larger arena of public opinion–and change can occur, sometimes all too slowly and incrementally, but change creeps into our hearts until we wake up one day and violence and discrimination–at all levels–is simply unacceptable.

  4. ddupre315 says:

    It is survival mode. We, as humans, need to be able to continue our lives in the aftermath of tragedy and horror in order to survive. I will say that people continue in different ways though. Some find ways to try to help, turn the negative into awareness or changing laws, changing minds. Others return to the comfort of what is their ordinary lives, not forgetting but finding a way to continue on.

    I have friends who live in Sandy Hook and they could not wait until people started to find other things to focus on. The media and flood of people and attention was suffocating the devastated small town. They appreciated the outpouring from people but they needed to heal. Just offering a different perspective.

  5. strawberryquicksand says:

    Hahahah love the clip at the end. What film is that from?

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