Smoph's musings

Just my thoughts on the world

Exploitation of loss

What is it about us as a society that we want to watch the horror stories, the train wrecks and the worst side of life? These are the stories that fill our newspapers, our news sites, our discussion boards.

I am watching the story of Brenda Lin, the young girl who lost her parents, 2 younger brothers and live-in aunt in a brutal murder. She is being interviewed on 60 minutes about how she and her family are enduring the aftermath.
I don’t know about any of you, but I wouldn’t be coping if I woke up one day to my family being murdered. I highly doubt I could get out of bed, let alone talk to someone in the media about it. Further torture is assured, given that the police have no suspects or anyone in custody.
Personally, I cannot account for the reason I watched. Perhaps I too like to see what is going on, even if it is bad. From the bottom of my heart, I offer condolences to Brenda Lim and all their family. It is a tragic circumstance. I also hope they catch those people that cold-blooded clubbed a family to death. Otherwise, I hope the media leaves alone this poor brave family who are just struggling to deal with their grief and get on with life.
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