human nature

i admit that i read some of the most random blogs and websites.

now that i confessed that deep, dark secret:

i am confused and irritated by this article. i wanted to read it because it was written about something that supposedly happened in south dakota (my homestate, aka best state ever). but i was annoyed by how it never once talks about the horrible, sad, tragic event that took place. just that human nature once again reared its ugly head.

now that i’ve simmered for a few days, i’ve come to realize that the details shouldn’t matter. for some reason, the onion (one of my favorite sources for satire) managed to publish an article focused entirely upon how broken and sinful and violent and hurtful we are as human beings. and i began to ponder why i wanted the details of what happened (and of course, my mind thought of the worst possible scenarios) without being able to accept that maybe it doesn’t matter what happened.

the focus is instead on the fact that we continue to be shocked at how repulsive our actions can be.

but i find hope in the fact that humanity continues to be shocked when bad things happen (even if they have occurred thousands of times before). i find hope in the fact that no matter how dark human nature may be, we still look for the good and are repulsed by the bad.

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3 Comments

  1. Justine

    “but i find hope in the fact that humanity continues to be shocked when bad things happen (even if they have occurred thousands of times before). i find hope in the fact that no matter how dark human nature may be, we still look for the good and are repulsed by the bad.”

    This was lovely, Kara. I agree.

  2. cassie

    color me not entirely sure, but since the Onion does satire- nothing actually happened. i read it as a response to how many of the news stories that sweep internet news (and i suppose other media outlets) can cause major tidal waves, due to the interconnectedness that the interwebs provides (i mean, they quote a person from atlanta, who aside from seeing an article on the internet, would more than likely have NEVER have heard of brandon).

    I think the article really does resonate with the truth though- that we are so quick to be moved to anger/frustration/shock at an event, but then do *nothing* in our everyday lives to change (and prevent) a similar situation from happening.

  3. i love the brilliant satire that is the onion. it’s amazing how they are able to capture the essence of how people react to tragic events (that are constantly making the news) without talking about a real event.

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