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In which i have thoughts on the Boston Tragedy

Boston MarathonLike everyone else, I’ve been glued to the TV watching the latest about the bombings up in Boston.  Unlike a lot of people, I haven’t really written about them until now.

 

I think it goes without saying that it’s an incredibly upsetting and a horrific experience but I began to wonder WHY I couldn’t seem to walk away from the television.  I’m not normally someone who watches daytime TV at all but this was of course, an atypical event.

 

I thought about it and I wondered what it was about my “rubbernecking” that seemed so addictive and I think what people watch for is to try to make some type of sense about the situation.  Think about it: once the problem is solved we at least have some sort of closure.

 

Right now, with the FBI and Boston Police Department still asking for the public’s help, we feel involved and therefore we’re emotionally invested in the outcome. Once they find the killer or killers than at least we feel that we’re safe because that guy (or guys) is caught and now we can deal with our emotions and move on.

 

It’s weird because when I grew up, these things happened all the time in Israel and Britain (with the IRA) and in Europe.  As a matter of fact, they still happen but they never occurred here and we were insulated and naïve.  I remember wondering as a young adult, how can people cope with that level of violence and go about their daily lives?

 

Every single one of these attacks, whether it turns out to be foreign or domestic, seems to chip away at our amour that this “could never happen here.”

 

During World War II, the United States was famously “isolationist” while the atrocities just piled up in Europe and the Far East.  Because of the massive ocean that physically separates us from the European Continent, I think we commonly feel that stuff happens to “them” (whoever them is) and not “us.”  Part of this is American arrogance and part of this is our American naiveté.

 

Now however, an ocean isn’t enough to keep us safe.  With the Internet, people can learn how to do just about anything bad and they no longer need to bring in “bad guys” to do it.

 

One of the downsides of the incredible independence that we Americans have is that people can believe whatever they like, whether it’s based in reality or not.  Often, people who feel strongly about something also feel the need to have other people know their feelings.  This has been common throughout history. Think about it, wasn’t that what the Crusades was all about?  Changing people’s beliefs and opinions to the proper ones?

 

Now, most people do this by words but there are enough crazies out there that they choose to do them by actions, normally dangerous ones.  That’s why we have the Newtown’s and Boston Marathon’s and Oklahoma City’s and others too countless to name.

 

We can’t and shouldn’t get rid of our liberties.  I think we’ll find out this this was a lone wolf situation in Boston and there’s probably not much that can be done about someone making a bomb out of common things but we do need to look at our culture where violence is the answer.

 

Do I think it’s the video games that are making people violent? No, I don’t.  Back when I was a kid we watched war movies all the time and it didn’t make me want to kill people.

 

I think it’s that people don’t talk and communicate anymore.  More and more people are growing up disconnected to humanity.  I don’t think it’s the video games themselves but the fact that Xbox and TV are now a replacement for human interaction.

 

Yes, I let me son play all that but he also had to interact with the family, with his friends.  He had to do his schoolwork and read and communicate.  He was on sport teams and got fresh air.  We need to be more vigilant as parents.   We need to be actively involved in our children’s lives.

 

I have no answers for stopping this violence and I think it is now part of our lives but I urge you to look around you and see what change you can personally make to the people and community around you.

 

After all, if it takes a village to raise a child it might take an entire nation to keep him/her safe.

 

Just my thoughts …

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4 Comments

  1. Richa Jha
    April 18, 2013

    Very well rounded opinion

  2. Theresa
    April 18, 2013

    Excellent post, Lynn!

  3. Julie
    April 19, 2013

    Nicely said.

    • Lynn
      April 19, 2013

      Thanks Julie

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