>This ***happens nightly. Why are we more shocked/saddened
>when it happens to a celebrity?
> That's very sad.
>> This ***happens nightly. Why are we more shocked/saddened
>> when it happens to a celebrity?
> Because if it's not a celebrity we usually don't get to hear about it?
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> This ***happens nightly. Why are we more shocked/saddened when it happens to a celebrity?
We hear about terrible things happening, ***s,***s, ***s, school shootings, etc., and while we are horrified, secretly we believe that this won't happen to us -- and often, these killings / beatings happen to people who are in significantly different strata of society, or in different parts of the country, or in backward areas -- and we think we are safe. Until we realize that we are not.
For instance, folks in the US were horrified by the Dec 2012 shootings in Newtown, CT, for many reasons. For one, it was in a relatively affluent suburb, and the school was in the populous North-East and like so many others in that area. Second, it happened to little kids, and that captured us viscerally in a very different fashion than the 5-7 other shootings that happened in Jan 2013 across the country (those hardly got coverage).
It is the same reason why a robbery / attack within 10-20 miles of your home, has you and many of your neighbors getting security systems installed.
And when it is a celebrity, it is even worse. If *he* isn't safe (especially, if we was doing a normal thing like going to a bar with his mates), then neither are we. Particularly poignant for a sportsperson at the height of his / her abilities, is also the thought of all that wasted potential...
But mostly it is the gut reaction that we all have when we realize that this too could happen to us that fuels a some part of the disproportionate reaction to certain sad events,
> > >http://tvnz.co.nz/cricket-news/jesse-ryder-in-critical-condition-afte...
> > WTF?
> that's sad.. I thought he on his way back to international cricket and
> his IPL with Delhi would help him.
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