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Jaehyun Lee

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What do you think about the tragedies that occured this week?

It is morally correct to feel sympathy, or other emotions, when hearing about tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing and China's earthquake. But forget morale and what the society thinks, what thoughts do you think when something like this happens?

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    May 5 2013: Every day something like 300-400 thousand people die, probably several thousand of them under very painful or violent circumstances. I just don't have the emotive resources to expend on empathy with them all. Perhaps a true news service ought to print the names and histories of all these thousands daily, so we could choose a few to weep over. Or should I read the newspaper and empathize with the couple of cases of violent death that the editor has selected for that day? Then how about all those who will miss my empathy?

    The same day that 3 were killed in Boston, 30-some were murdered in the U.S., while some dozens were killed by bombs in Iraq and Syria. We never even heard their names. And that was OK, because I just can't make their horror my horror. It doesn't serve me, them, or any other purpose.

    Let me ask your question back to you, about all those murdered every day in our own country (U.S.) - amounting to 11-12 thousand every year: "what thoughts do you think when something like this happens?" Do you weep over them, or only over the few that are highlighted in the news, like the three in Boston?

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