The headlines over the past week have been filled with one sensational story after another. I have seen coverage of the Republican National Convention, Hurricane Isaac, Mormons, Chick-fil-a, and a speech by Clint Eastwood. What I haven’t seen is any real response to the two short stories I read about 19 people being beheaded in Afghanistan this week.
The first article I read was that 17 people (men and women) were beheaded in Afghanistan after they went to a co-ed dance party. Then today there was an article about two children that were beheaded. Now I understand that we are a country that seems to be pretty wrapped up in ourselves and our own problems, but how can there be almost no comments on people getting their heads chopped off? You know it is 2012 right? I didn’t think we stood for things like that anymore? I thought that people had rights and that if we saw those rights being violated we would stand up and do something…or at least say something. What happened to KONY 2012? Why are we more worried about a surprise guest speaker at a convention than we are about people being murdered in the streets?
I know it is an election year. I know we are looking for change, no matter what side you want to win the election. That doesn’t seem like the only thing going on in the world right now, but it is the only thing people seem to be talking about. Perspective is gained when you look at the whole picture. I think that every once and a while it wouldn’t hurt all of us to take a look at what is happening outside of our normal circle. Maybe look at some things that don’t have any real direct affect on you. You don’t have to do any of that, I just thought it would be a nice change of pace.