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After years of shielding us from the worst - where are the pix of dead Iraqis and Americans? Where are the real stories about the tsunami? - ever since the VietNam war the media has backed off from showing us the worst. But now they are. And some of those images will never go away. Some that I haven't even seen myself are stuck in my mind - Mary told me of a pregnant woman who died because help did not come in time. The woman and her child, together, dead. That image, even though I did not see it, is etched in my brain and I don't know if I can get it out. Along with countless others that I did see.

I'm grateful. I really am. I don't want things hidden from me. I want to feel, even when it is an immense pain.


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Sep. 4th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
nothing hidden..
Why we don't see pictures is because pictures evoke feelings and feelings make people uncomfortable about situations and this discomfort sometimes make people demand change, and sometimes that change holds people accountable for their actions or inactions, thus people are held responsible and that makes a few people at the top really uneasy. So, we don't get to see the pictures of the effects of war, famine, genocide, global warming, and corporate greed. The big change today is that we don't see anything, unless there is some 'feel good' self serving message in it. The picture is now part of the marketing of 'america' as the 'great leader' and spreader of 'democracy'. Yes, I too want to feel, I want to cry when it is appropriate, I want to feel joy when its fitting. The lack of feeling is why society today has no soul, no value for every human life, no moral compass. America needs to feel.
Sep. 4th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: nothing hidden..
I couldn't have said it better. i see the results of this hidden world in my encounters in my everyday life; people who have absolutely no idea about anything. Otherwise compassionate, they have no idea and aren't feeling.
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