I was working at the Pentagon on 9/11, and I have to admit I get a bit resentful of people and their "memorials". I guess I care enough about my fellow humans that I served for a quarter century in the military. But, when something bad happens to somebody I don't know, I feel bad for them and their families, but I don't hold candle light vigils, or get on television and show what a compassionate person I am. Sometimes I think that I'm the only person in this country that feels bad for the people I killed in other countries. No candles or speeches for them. Men with wives and children that were, in their minds, defending their homes and families.
Freedom of speech is an important right. But with rights come responsibilities. Our press has divested itself of any responsibilities somewhere along the way, and we are the worse for it. I wonder how many attacks these past few years were the result of some twisted soul wanting his "15 minutes of fame".
We are eaten up with drama. Jerry Springer has nothing on the local weather report. It's gotten to where any change in the weather is a potential crises. I can't even watch television any more.
If the media was here to inform the public of things that are important, rather than try to drive their ratings up, if they educated, rather than titillated, I think we'd all be better off.
What if they spent air time telling of the sad events at Sandy Hook by telling about each child by name. Mourning the lost life. But no mention of the shooter.
This post is not intended to be political in any way, it's just the ramblings of somebody that somedays thinks the world is coming to an end, and other days just wishes it would hurry up and get it over with.
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