Disaster Porn has turned my brain to mush


The Other day I tweeted the lyrics from one of my favourite tunes:

What a great world, and what a time to be here

And while I meant it for happy reason, I also meant it for sad ones.

2011 has been nothing but worldwide disasters and sometime revolutions. I won’t list them here, just check the media.

To be able to live in a world seeing these things from afar is humbling, yet exciting.

But I’m over it.

When Egypt kicked off back in January I was excited about the possibilities. By the time Mubarak was ousted, we’d had floods and cyclones in Australia and I was unable to keep up.

If you know me well, you know I immerse myself in Current Affairs among everything else.

But the reality is I can’t keep up with the 24 Hour disaster porn.

I’m conflicted by Libya and the Middle East, but can’t focus enough to develop a clear thought. Japan worries me, more so the pain and suffering of the impacted people. But adding those up and everything else going on is turning my brain to mush.

I’ve even had the thought I shaved off my hair to help take a load off my mind.

All I can hope is that the bad shit going down isn’t some sort of balance to my own personal happiness. If it is, I’m starting to think its better I take a few punches to check that balance a little.

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3 thoughts on “Disaster Porn has turned my brain to mush

  1. Yeah, my mind feels so addled, I feel sorry for myself then I think of Japan, I feel like I’m in a boat which is sinking and I can’t do anything about it, just worried sick. So I tune out and pretend, and life goes on… sort of.

  2. The global scale of human suffering is devastating, brought home by the enormous tragedy in Japan.

    Since this is the world we live in, somehow we need to live with it, and hopefully in some small humble measure, make a difference in the life of our fellow travelers.

    Cheers

    Catherine
    @CatherineWPhoto

  3. Stress response takes many forms and is documented in medical science. It might be time for people to take a break and consider the worrying influence of disaster news. The media has a bad addiction to sensationalism, emphasising one aspect then another. The recent bushfires in Victoria were horrendous. There was some mention of how children should be told about the horrors involved where people were burnt alive in their homes or cars.
    Shock affects people in varied ways.
    I hope there is enough self awareness to understand ones own responses to disasters and shocking events.
    Take care folks. We need each other to be sharp if bad stuff happens.
    The media is a machine that has to make money. It’ll roll over you if you let it.

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