Think outside the frames will you?

I doubt that the fact of Steve Jobs’ passing has left anyone in the dark. This post is not another tribute, one is surely enough from one writer. But it does start with a picture of Mr Jobs. A picture of Jobs next to a picture of starving people somewhere on the planet. This picture:

It might come to your mind why I am posting such a picture. Truth be told, I saw it on Facebook as an old friend of mine shared it from somewhere. When I saw it, it took me off my edges. First of all, they are two completely different matters and I am definitely not writing any of this because I admired Steve Jobs. Putting my admiration for Steve aside, the picture told me something entirely different.

It made me wonder how people who make these (and share them) think. Surely, the sentences above each picture stand true. However we should not mix the complex feelings of grief with the feelings of compassion and charity. Putting Steve Jobs next to such a picture would be the exact same thing as putting a picture of Mother Teresa or Lady Di next to the picture to the right. A grief for an idol, is a complete different matter than grief for someone that dies of starvation. And I am sure that someone cried for that loss, we just don’t know about it.

Secondly, there are less people who cry over starvation victims because those people stand tall and try to find ways to prevent famine. That number of people exceed the number of people crying over the dead. I’m sure of it. If you got time to cry about such things, you got time to try to fix it. If you say that is impossible, you need to change your way of seeing things. Like tears would bring world peace, or stop famines and epidemics. It’d be like lighting candles would help scientists find a cure for HIV…

Another matter that also ticked me off was of a tweet I read. “Why grieve over someone you never knew?” So you’re basically telling me that unless you personally know the deceased, you’re not supposed to grieve? How would you feel if your greatest idol would die? (not wishing it, just metaphorically writing it). It’s like saying not to show empathy to someone you don’t know. And if your greatest idol is already dead, wouldn’t you be happy that someone other than you admired him/her enough to remember?

The problem isn’t the fact that a million die of famine. The problem isn’t the fact that a million people cry over one person’s death. The problem is, that man has gotten his head so far up the sky, he can no longer see his feet. So high up, that 99% of those who are likely to read this, will just shrug this off. It’s something worth thinking about, and it’s definitely something that too few of us dare to speak of. While most of us complain and light candles to ease our self conscience, there are thousands of people fighting for a greater good. Don’t make up a lame excuse, just do something to change if you got the time to pick out a god damn candle to lit for your conscience. If you got time to pick out a fancy candle for that cause, you got time to figure out what to do to make a change.

//c_Cae; all changes starts with the individual

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One response to “Think outside the frames will you?

  1. Hi Caely,

    Nice post. The caption for the picture on the right incorrectly assumes that no one cries for the million. This could not be farther from the truth. Hundred’s of millions of dollars are donated by good people every year to help ease the suffering of starving people all over the world. Do these donations not constitute care and compassion, in a sense a year long cry of anguish for those millions dying? How much worse would their plight be if it were not for the collective grief of those who donate?

    The two pictures are the classic depiction of ‘apples and oranges’. My grief for the loss of Steve Jobs has nothing to do with any feelings I may have about the loss to humanity represented by every victim of starvation. My thoughts are best expressed by the words of John Donne in his poem, No Man is an Island.

    No man is an island entire of itself; every man
    is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
    if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
    is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
    well as a manor of thy friends or of thine
    own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
    because I am involved in mankind.
    And therefore never send to know for whom
    the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

    Should I grieve less for Steve Jobs because millions of deaths appear to go unremarked by the world? I think not. Humans are part of a whole, but each individual grieves separately, each in their own way and each in their own time.

    Sincerely,

    D.

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