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My heart breaks when we seem not to care about what happens immediately after a tragedy. We have a knack for wanting to be the first to ‘break’ the news, the drive erodes our sensibilities and we post words, photos or videos we regret later on. If we had our heads screwed on properly, and our faculties are in good working order, we will empathize with the families of victims and allow the appropriate authorities to break the gut-wrenching news of the loss of their loved ones.
We need to exercise restraint when we are faced with very sensitive information and consider the lives that would be potentially altered drastically as a result of what you know. Also, it is highly insensitive, grossly irresponsible and reeks of utter disregard for the feelings of the affected families, when we keep posting and reposting gory photos of mangled, dismembered and charred human remains on social media outlets after the tragic events have occurred.
Let the dead rest and circulating such traumatic images will not do anything to alleviate the pain and suffering of the affected families or prevent future occurrences. We have all become information junkies, inadvertently throwing caution to the wind before ‘breaking’ the next big story and in the process; we lose ourselves, our sense of human feeling and compassion.
We can tell ourselves that we are informing people and are doing what is right, just and true or even our jobs, but there is that deep-seated subconscious feeling to be the first, the one with the exclusive. If we don’t decide ahead of time, what we’re going to do when we have access to highly sensitive and often-traumatic information, we will continue to blurt them out as we have been doing beforehand.
I know for certain, that these disasters will not abate, they will keep coming, just take a look at the news filtering in from all over the green globe, and you will see reason and by inference, there are no sacred cows, as it is happening in third world nations, its hitting the first and second with equal and sometimes greater ferocity. We see earthquakes, floods, typhoons, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and the ever-present nuclear threat, bio-weapons and the like.
The world seems to be breaking at the seams, but don’t be overwhelmed, the end is near. This is not the end; it’s only the beginning! He that reads let him understand.

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