Yesterdays collapse of the Minneapolis bridge had me thinking about how often tragedy strikes and when it does, how the immediate reaction to some, is to link the tragedy with themselves.
I feel awful for the people that were killed and injured in the collapse. Something as random as being in your car driving home from a long work day turned tragic within seconds.
I am by no means making light of this terrible situation.
I just find it interesting that whenever something strikes such as this, the first element to coping is to relate to the tragedy.
"I was just on that bridge two days ago."
"I drove across that bridge with my parents three years ago."
"I have friends that live in Minnesota."
"My firms other office is located there-the employees drive across that bridge every day."
Something, anything, a common denominator to link you to the emotions of death, injury and tragedy.
Perhaps to help us cope?
I know I'm guilty of it.
Is it just human nature to link ourselves to something bad?
Is it to feel more connected with the victims, their families.. "I know what you're going through?"
The ability to empathize is just as important as the ability to sympathize.
Yet there is a big difference.
It just makes me sad that we can't feel connected with our world, our country, our people, the human soul, when there isn't something tragic to speak of.
Perhaps people learn more when drama's around.
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My thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has ever suffered any element of tragedy. Although I can't understand what you're going through, I understand that the pain that you must feel is something fierce.