What’s right in front of us

A reason to be sad

After waking up on the morning of the 23, it was pretty clear that something happened. Every facebook status and every news station were talking about one thing- Amy Winehouse.

I understand that Winehouse’s death is somewhat a tragedy. It is sad to see the star pass away. But I think it is even sadder to see people’s reactions.

Only a day before, Norway was attacked. Innocent people were bombed and shot leaving almost 100 dead. Most of those who were killed were teenagers.

It is sad to see how quickly people forgot about this tragedy as soon as Amy Winehouse was dead. It was sad to see that a drug abusing star took more spotlight than innocent people who were gunned down.

It’s more upsetting to see that the Norway tragedy has not been forgotten because people are sad about Winehouse going. It is much the opposite, with people making jokes about her drug problems and the “shock” of her death.

It is sad to see that people would rather make jokes of a star’s death than mourn and support a country that just experienced the deaths of innocent people.

But this is what the world is trained to do. We are trained to focus more on what is right in front of us. And with Amy Winehouse being front and centre, it is no wonder we lost sight of what is truly important.

But that being said, it is no excuse. There are thousands of people mourning the deaths of their family and friends in Norway as you read this. That doesn’t go away just because the news story did.

People are still missing in Norway. There are kids that have yet to be found, dead or alive. The tragedy is not over. I think that rather than making fun of a star with a drug problem, we should be supporting Norway. We should learn from what happened to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Tragedies as such can happen anywhere at any time. It could be Canada; it could be a Canadian youth camp or high school. Just because it happened elsewhere in the world doesn’t mean it should be ignored.

Although simply supporting someone else may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, at least it is something. It proves that we as people are able to be empathetic. It proves that we know how to care about other people, even if we don’t know them and have never seen them on TMZ.  My heart goes out to all the family and friends of those affected by the Norway tragedy. It has been a sad week in the world, but I hope that things begin looking better.

Faith Dusevic

 

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