Remember all that stuff about “Tonight, everyone is a Bostonian”? There were all those posts saying that empathy doesn’t work as a one-time thing. And now, I’m going to say that those posts have come true. The bombings are over. Those responsible have been caught or killed. But Tumblr? Tumblr is still talking about it. Still talking about donating blood, about helping those in need, about how devastating it all is. And that’s fine. That’s good. You’re talking about helping those in need. But are we not going to talk about the Muslims in Burma, who are being beaten to death, hacked apart, and set on fire by Buddhists, while the police stand by and watch?
I can get that a lot of people aren’t going to be empathetic towards Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else that’s been at war for the past few years. Because, hey, “Not topical”. The bombings of 2002 that killed thousands upon thousands of civilians happened 11 years ago, so why show empathy towards that. But I’m not asking about that. I’m asking why when a bomb goes off in Boston and kills 3, millions mourn. But when there’s an earthquake in China that leaves 200 dead or missing, 12000 wounded, and about 100 thousand homeless, I hear nothing about it. I hear nothing about anything other than the bombs in Boston, the shooting in Boston, the heroes who ran the marathon and then ran on to donate blood. Hell, I’ve seen more about that bloody sinkhole in some American suburb than I’ve seen about the Chinese earthquake.
So, I’ll say what the pessimists were saying back then, and what the optimists were hoping wouldn’t be the case. Empathy doesn’t work like that.