Because a single individual’s personal life and choices are on par with over 1,000 lives being extinguished. ‘Murica.
The order of priority when it comes to stories of varying nature is a concept that makes me feel so uneasy while consuming the news. News sources are the only way individuals are able to get any information on the goings-on of this world; knowing this, newspapers take advantage of this vulnerability and bombard us with stretched-out and unimportant stories like celebrity woes, to the point where we do in fact begin to see these things as news, and hence become more attuned to them.
I used to follow Kylie and Kendall Jenner on Instagram until I came to my senses. If you don’t know who they are, then you are doing something right and I beg you to show me your ways.
In Nepal, a disastrous earthquake struck the city, leading to a death toll of nearly 1,200 and counting.
1200 people in one go. I cannot even fathom the idea of it nor illustrate what that must look like.
“For years, people have worried about an earthquake of this magnitude in western Nepal, which saw its last massively destructive event more than 100 years ago. Many feared that an immense death toll would result, in part because in recent years construction has been largely unregulated, said Ganesh K. Bhattari, a Nepalese expert on earthquakes now living in Denmark.”
I find this quote particularly striking because it is reminiscent of a tragedy that occurred exactly two years ago in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which incidentally is the city that I was born in. A poorly-constructed, 8-story building that was in need of immediate evacuation collapsed, resulting in the deaths of nearly 1,200, the same as this natural disaster in Nepal. The word murder seems to be more appropriate here as the owner of Rana Plaza, the aforementioned building where many people slaved away at low wages for giant, American-based corporations, was told about the threat of a building collapse right before it occurred, a comment which he dismissed as unimportant. Of course, I wouldn’t want to be accused of libel, but be that as it may…