Addicted To Tragedy

This country has an obsession with tragedy and the drama that comes after it. What I am going to say is not going to make me popular, but “hey” much of what I say makes me unpopular.

Here is the routine:

Something tragic happens,  a car accident and everyone rallies around putting stickers on car windows, making facebook posts…..or people tragically die at a local park. Same thing: stickers on car windows, facebook posts…..or a shooter goes to a school….By now you know the routine. Stickers on car windows, facebook posts…We wallow in our “OHHH how sad’s.” Then life starts over.

Its like we are addicted to it. Something awful happens, we personalize it and then we move on until the next tragedy happens..waiting patiently until we can put stickers on car windows and make facebook posts about it.

Meanwhile, over 3 billion people live on $2.50 a day, 1 billion people do not have access to adequate healthcare, 42 million adults cannot read in AMERICA, 100 million people in the world are homeless, every 9 seconds in the good ole US of A a woman is beaten by her significant other….Shall I go on?

But yet, we in America wait…….patiently wait for someone to die tragically so we can put stickers on our car windows and facebook posts showing how sad we are…

You are right, we are sad.

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4 Responses to Addicted To Tragedy

  1. While the underlining premise of what you state is true, tragedies occur, we react, and for the most part go back to the lives we lived prior. Little change occurs. The Bible, from which you studied and teach, is a book of tragedy.

    However (there is always a however or but in a comment), we all deal with tragedies in our own capacity. While I don’t think you intentionally meant to stigmatize people, but rather energize or “wake them up”, that was was I took away, when I read this post. It could easily be conceived after reading your writings, that you are addicted to creating controversy. Is that true? I don’t believe so, but I can see how others could.

    It’s unfair to lump everyone into a category that we wait for someone to die just so we can put a sticker on a car window. There are people hurting and if a sticker helps them cope then so be it. I challenge you next time to come from a place of love, because sometimes a reader never gets past the name calling and assumptions to read the point.

    • Billy, do you know me well enough to ascertain if I am coming from a “place of love?” Jesus at times was very harsh with his audience. As were the prophets. Did my blog seem harsh? Yes, I will admit that it did. I meant it to. There are times in our lives when the “truth” of what we are and do needs to be touched with reality. Americans are an entitled bunch. We believe in Manifest Destiny, we have forgotten (or maybe never knew) that the gospel is both gift and demand always in balance. Leaning too far on the gift, we lose sight of our responsibility to one another. Leaning too far on the demand, we forget about grace.

      I am the mother of five children, have lived in poverty and have risen above it. I come from the streets. Have seen criminals and have been one. There are times that the ugly truth about what we do and how it effects the world in which we live is needed.

      Speaking the truth in love, you might say? Sometimes the truth jolts us out of our complacency. And Maybe sometimes that is needed.

  2. Tom McLaughlin says:

    This is just another example of people not wanting to hear the”ugly truth” If they don’t hear it then maybe it doesn’t exist. Some even seem to be offended. All of the issues stated above are just as tragic and it’s a good thing that we have somone that isn’t afraid to state the obvious.

  3. Vanessa Wilson says:

    Billy,
    Perhaps the place of love that you are requesting is visible to those of us who can read this article and think “wow, maybe we should be doing something to prevent these tragedies, and all kinds of tragedies, not just those sensationalized by media.” Maybe we need to act out of a place of love for all people and get our hands dirty, stand up and say things that are uncomfortable, go against popular opinion and demand change so that all people have the opportunity to live a live of quality and of love. I would argue that the idea that children should not go to bed hungry most certainly comes from a place of love. I would argue that wanting those who are sick to receive care and those who are homeless to find a place of warmth and those who are abused to find a place of safety come from a place of love. Billy, I found your response to be argumentative and naive. There is the name calling you seem to be searching for, perhaps spend a bit more time actively pursuing this “place of love” you are looking for and less time pointing fingers at those who are brave enough to fight for love.

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