You really don’t have to go far to see it. Any time you look at a news-cast on your television it will become evident.
The thing is, I’ve always thought compassion was among the higher concepts of thinking. You know, the feelings that demonstrate the difference between us and the lower forms of life on earth, like animals?
But documentaries clearly show that animals care for each other. You only have to think about whale families, and elephants, apes and others to know this. Of course, that’s another thing. Where is our higher thinking when we remove them from their natural habitats, and imprison these poor creatures for life? Is our compassion truly lost?
I wonder how many of you have noticed a very strange trend among folks these days? It seems they have traded their wish for 15 minutes of TV fame for a no-holds-barred cell phone stampede to a possible viral video on a web site, and will do anything to get it.
A wildfire rush ...
It was an eerie scene -- the fire brightly burning, the orange tinted smoke, and darkness starting to fall. A line of traffic standing silently on the highway.
Suddenly a couple ran lightly past my car to the edge of the hill. In a flash two hands went up into the air. The blue screens above their heads showed they were snapping pictures with their respective cell phones.
As if obeying a signal an instant surging mass of humanity rushed by the car. Then, an amazing thing happened. It was as if a sea of flashing cell phones had erupted. There was no thought of danger, of listening for further instructions. The rush for photos had eclipsed common sense.
Since then I've noticed this many times on TV. People are so busy trying to get the next viral video they will snap those videos while someone is drowning in a river, has been stabbed and obviously needs medical help in the worst way, or has had the loss of a loved one. The latter poor soul will invariably be asked, "How do you feel"? while it is obvious he is shocked out of his shoes.
Those cell-phone-snappers are everywhere.
No, with any luck they will get that incredible viral video.
It can't compete with fame.