I realize that despite dedicating so much of my life to studying the events that transpire around the globe, that I've never made any impact whatsoever on the world outside of my circle of acquaintances. Chances are I never will. A while back when the WTO was having meetings in Chicago I happened onto the protest and my arm and briefcase ended up in a photo that made it onto the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times. I get the feeling that's the closest I'll ever be to making a splash on the world stage. That's OK though, I still like to pay attention. Following current affairs is like following a soap opera but for liberals.
I know that the news is a form of entertainment to me because anytime it stops being entertaining I stop watching it. When the earth shakes island nations, when waters cover the earth, when towering buildings collapse and countries are bombed I turn the TV off. Nothing makes me feel more helpless than watching people die from the comfort of my living room. I bury my head in the sand and just ignore it until things start turning the corner. Until I find out one way or another whether they'll be able to save that nuclear plant I'm just going to watch March Madness.
Does that make me cold? Heartless? Rational? Sensitive? Apathetic? Indifferent? Human? Inhuman? A coward? Probably a bit of each. I'll catch up on the details later, I just can't watch it live.
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