When an unspeakable tragedy occurs, there’s an odd bit of Human Nature that motivates people to jump into the Pathos Pool and scream, “Me Me Loook at Meeeeeee!”
At least that’s how it seems to me when I see all these ‘public figures’ making their pronouncements about things like the school shooting yesterday.
In my day On my planet, if someone suffers a tragedy the appropriate response is to quietly murmur one’s condolences, knowing that no words can really help, offer to do anything one can to help, and bring a nice covered dish to leave in the oven or fridge.
What is not appropriate is to seek out the public stage and holler about one’s own emotional — or worse, political — reaction to the tragic events. It is unseemly and unattractive. It is especially unhelpful to do this before the dust has even settled and any actual facts are known.
As for the “Reality-Based Commuuuunity,” with their much [self-] vaunted “superior sense of empathy,” I wonder at their utter unawareness of The Point: people who twist off and do such things are mentally unbalanced. They [and their families] have been living lives of quiet, excruciatingly painful desperation for years until whatever demon is theirs completely steals reason away and such acts somehow make sense to them.
But those with their “superior sense of empathy” have arranged the Law in such a way that helping those who are too effected by their disability to know they need help cannot be helped by those close to them who know full well that they need help.
Idiots blame the tool for the misuse of the tool. In so many ways. Yes, involuntary commitment has been used for vile and inappropriate purposes. That is what needed to be addressed. But the “empathy endowed” decided that involuntarily committing anyone was a breech of their civil rights and now people who would have been helped by being in a safe, clean place where people understood what was going on with them are wandering the streets having arguments with mail boxes and sleeping in creeks.
Or they are still living with their families who have absolutely nowhere to turn when their loved one begins talking about the voices and the visions.
But somehow, the “empathically gifted” ones think it is a violation of civil rights to give such people a safe place to live with regular nutrition and good medical attention. Instead they believe it to be a better use of public resources to give them free booze, free needles and free cell fones.