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    It amazes me sometimes the way people prioritize and compartmentalize their universe. An entire nation is mourning the loss of 60 people they didn't know, but how many times over the years has 100 dead children in the Middle East been just another day at the office? I struggle to understand humans in moments like these.
     
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    You can't mourn every human tragedy. You have to pick and choose the ones that affect you personally.

    Remember that your despondency over global suffering does absolutely frak all to diminish that suffering.
     
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    The middle easterners, aren't my people. Glad I could help. Any other questions?
     
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    I think it's a matter of empathy. we can identify with those folks in Las vegas. That could be us, going to a concert somewhere when a madman decides to open fire.

    We can't imagine what it is like to live in a country in a constant state of warfare, even if it's a war we had a hand in starting.

    Also doesn't help that most new organizations don't invest in foreign correspondents anymore because they don't sell boxes of corn flakes.
     
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    Agreed. The closer it is to you, the more you care. Completely natural.
     
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    Right or wrong, what you are describing is called 'distance of separation'.
    The closer you are to an event, or even accessibility to an event ... The more it impacts your conscious processes.

    In short ... The more likely you are to visit a place, or the more that place resembles the place where you are ... The more impact it has on your thoughts.

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    The Middle East people have been in a near constant state of war for many generations. And there is nothing in sight that looks to change that. It is of their own doing.
    This is an entirely different event. No one is at war. This is some lone nut that massacred people at a music concert.
    Big difference.
     
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    Why is the blood of some innocent people more of a tragedy than the blood of other innocent people? Just because some of them were born closer to the place you were born? That seems incredibly shallow to me. They're all innocent people that had the gift of life violently torn away from them. I see them as equal.
     
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    Because I don't give a shit about them. Y The European descendants of this country are closer to me genetically than middle easterners. Therefore there is a closer familial bond with them. It's completely natural. Just like any parent worth his salt cares more about his own children, than someone else's...
     
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    I remember when 3000 US citizens, innocent men, women and children were killed, and those in the middle east cheered. I think that is one reason why people around the world morn their own, but don't have much feeling for others. When Japan was bombed and hundreds of thousands of people died, there wasn't much regret for that action, as Japan cheered when they attacked Pearl Harbor killing thousands some still teenage boys.

    Muslims Celebrated The Sep 11 Attacks
     
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