You would think that by virtue of being human, every person’s life is worth the same. That if one person was to be murdered on one side of the world and another on the other, then the significance is the same.
Yet it is clear that this is not the case. We read on the news daily about people being killed in war-torn countries, people dying of hunger and thirst, children being murdered by missiles but these people remain anonymous to us. We do not learn their names, we do notooo hear about how their deaths have affected their families, we do not witness any coverage of their funerals. There are only a handful of voices to mourn them and they are quickly forgotten.
So why is it that when the same human dies in another country, there is a huge outcry? Where was the anger against violence then? Where were the voices demanding peace when people were being forced out of their homes and confined to open-air prisons? Where was the news coverage? Were these people not human?
So many questions and no plausible answers. You have probably guessed that I am talking about the three Israeli teenagers who were found shot yesterday. Of course, this is a terrible thing but I found it startling to see that on the BBC news website, there was a live reaction page to the deaths. Where was the live reaction when hundreds of others were being killed? In the same sentence, the news report describes how security forces have killed 5 people in clashes. There is no reaction to their death so are those people not human?
Apart from the fact this whole thing appears to be part of a larger conspiracy to give the Israeli government an excuse to finally attack Hamas which has always been a thorn in their side, this just made me think about how we as humans seem to have forgotten that we all share a bond and a link. Children are dying over the world in large numbers yet we focus only on three.
We need to learn to live together. Every evil act should be condemned, not only when it appears to directly affect us. Otherwise this makes us hypocrites.
No one wants to be a hypocrite.