The Porn of Human Misery

glob·al vil·lage

Noun: The world considered as a single community linked by telecommunications

This word defines our world now. In every possible way. This is the reason that I am able to write this post and reach out to you guys. And like Spider-man says:
“With Great Power comes Great Responsibility”
And the ability to be anywhere, see anything and hear everything certainly qualifies as THE power for me. Then, in this context, how are we to distinguish the fine line between curiosity and profanity.  My life has been touched by the lives of many people around the planet who do not know that I exist, but their thoughts, actions have affected my life. And this brings me to the central point of my post.
 
News Media
 
Very recently, I was watching the coverage of an accident and the camera zooms in to the extent that I can clearly discern the blood and gore along with the tears of the victims and their families. And I felt as if I was intruding on their most private moments which rightfully belong to them. And the realization struck me, that our lives are not just our lives anymore, it has become public property. Since Human Misery sells better than any soap on television. This has become the central point of many channels.
 
And there’s nothing that ignites the curiosity of the human mind more than tragedy. Ever observed the scene of an accident or any sort of tragedy? We, humans, congregate around the scene like a group of ants. I think it’s encoded in our DNA!
 
But sometimes, just sometimes, which is most of the times these days. The overpowering sense (of being intruded upon/intruding on others) becomes unbearable.  Then, how do we avoid the assault of the private life. How can we avoid it when it is being forced down our throat. We are forced to watch/listen to content that we do not necessarily want to know. While waiting in the doctors lobby for your appointment, in the airport for your flight.
 
I cannot think of a solution that enables us to avoid the trespassing. Because human kind is not able to morally keep up with the rate at which the technology is advancing. The exponential growth of the cyber world does not leave us with the time to evaluate and absorb the moral implications of the change.
 
Because action begets action, I resolve to divvy up  time to “Meditate. Ponder. Reflect”
 
This is my contribution. What’s yours?

P.S. This article is the inspiration for this post.

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