Sunday solemn

Editorial cartoon by Plantu found on Twitter.

Editorial cartoon by Plantu found on Twitter.

Another week, another attack.

There’s really nothing that can be said to ease the hurt the families of the victims are feeling right now.

All I can offer are prayers and a little touch of serenity.

And hope that this week won’t bring yet more reason to grieve.

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2 thoughts on “Sunday solemn

  1. I appreciate your approach to this, and let me add another dimension. I certainly don’t condone or even downplay the tragedy in Nice and elsewhere, but there have been criminal and terrorist attacks forever. We just haven’t always been particularly aware of them, especially those outside the USA. Now, however, we (and the media) have become attuned to this phenomenon and nothing escapes our attention. It can seem like the whole world is on fire.

    In a broader historical perspective, however, we live in remarkably peaceful times. I’ve been reading about the Middle Ages, and I’m amazed anyone survived. Here’s a short excerpt from Morris Bishop, The Middle Ages:

    “Once the crusaders had taken control of the city, they began to massacre the inhabitants. ‘Some of our men,’ wrote the twelfth-century chronicler Raymond of Agiles, ‘cut off the heads of their enemies; others shot them with arrows, so that they fell from the towers; others tortured them longer by casting them into the flames. Piles of heads, hands, and feet were to be seen in the streets of the city.’

    And this is not the ranting of an anti-crusader hysteric; a little later, Agiles celebrated the actions of “our men” as “a just and splendid judgment of God.”

    We need to punish and prevent terrorist actions here and abroad, but I worry people may feel at risk every time they venture out to Walmart.

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    • Gerbner’s cultivation theory certainly seems to be borne out here, especially with the added influence of the Internet and confirmation bias. We are far more frightened than reality would suggest we should be.

      God, it’s been a long time since Mass Comm Theory; can’t believe I remembered something that applies.

      Imagine if there had been mass media in the Middle Ages and how the Crusades and Vlad Tepes would have been covered …

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