Wednesday 21 March 2018

The reality of life and death breaks through

Two simple words were more powerful than all the other noise we heard last week

Illustration by Tom Halliday
Illustration by Tom Halliday
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Sometimes, something breaks through all the noise. There is a lot of noise these days. Too much media, too much information. Too many stories that require a reaction from us.

Emotional reactions to things have become a jaded currency now. Indeed, the media often feels it needs to tell us how to react these days, just in case we don't react. You will be shocked at this shocking story. This heart-breaking story will break your heart.

We are expected to get worked up about cute and sick and disabled children all over the world. We are supposed to be moved by brave, dying mums. Everyone is brave these days. Anyone dying is especially brave. And anyone who shares anything is brave, too. Lots of bravery around. All of it poses as empathy and truth. You wonder if it is. Or is it just more narcissism?

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