• The Tragic Segue

    Yesterday, I wrote very briefly about a prayer group appropriating personal tragedy for pious purposes. Today I’d like to consider the more general problem. Whenever we encounter almost any tragic situation in the mass media, there is immediately a crush of activists striving to craft a segue to their pet cause.

    Anti-capitalists

    Feminists

    Masculists

    Creationists

    Persecuted Christians

    Persecuted Nonbelievers

    Conspiracy Nutters

    The list goes on and on. I noticed a few animal rights folks getting in on the action yesterday, resharing an article about how animal cruelty is an underappreciated warning sign for future murderous outbursts. (Oddly enough, those tweets have since gone missing.)

    I completely understand the impulse to frame emotionally-charged highly-discussed events in terms of our own priorities and worldview, but we need to pause to ask ourselves, every time, whether we have enough facts to say with confidence that we are offering solutions which are truly relevant to the social problem at hand.  Otherwise, we run the risk of reducing human suffering to a springboard for leaping atop our favorite high horse.

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    Article by: Damion Reinhardt

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