Are we rapidly becoming desensitised?


I was contemplating whether to write this blog because it meant that I would have to be a bit more transparent than usual. However I think this is something that needs to be shared, considered and discussed.

Today I was reflecting on the tragic event that happened in Las Vegas, terrorism in all it forms, as well as the recent hurricanes that have torn countries and families apart and my own personal experiences of people that were close to me loosing their lives to this dreadful disease called cancer!

It feels like on a daily basis we are hearing about awful events, that are causing so much pain, anguish and havoc in people's lives.

The media is constantly pushing negative news, to the point that sometimes I don't want to watch it? If you put the news on right now, out of all the negative stories, you may be lucky if you hear one that is positive. Journalism, media (including social-media) thrive off unfavourable news, negativity sells and positivity seems somewhat "shelved" at times. Why is this? How did we get to this point? Is this causing us to become desensitised subconsciously?

Admittedly we have a choice to turn the news on or off and we have a lot of resources at the palm of our hands, so we can find out about positive, inspirational stories online, a book or documentary etc. It's a shame that we have to search for it!

Anyway I digress, the question I was asking myself today was, am I am turning a "blind eye", being insensitive to others for not wanting to constantly hear about "bad news" and then having to be the bearer of it? Or is it that the constant overload of negative news, is weighing on me, to the point I just don't want to deal with it?

I don't want to become desensitised, I want to have emotions and feel sorrow when I hear that people have lost their lives. I want to take that time out to pray for people's families, help in anyway I can and feel sadness. The deceased deserve to feel loved and be missed if they were good people. Some people would argue and think I am insane for wanting to feel emotions. The truth of the matter is that I don't want to become numb!

What would happen if we all become numb and desensitised? Would this mean we would be less of a parent, friend, mother, father, daughter, grand child etc? Imagine the the world "numb" what does that look like to you? Scary right?

What does having feelings mean for us? Does having feelings means we are able to show/have;

empathy

patience

be tolerable

compassion

affection

If you are religious in any way, do you believe god would want us to be desensitised? Would he expect us to ensure that we do not become this way?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic, as I don't believe I am the only one that thinks or feels this way?

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