Think About It: Context In A Non-Stop World - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

April 22, 2013

Think About It: Context In A Non-Stop World

Too many events last week were stunning or even numbing in nature. The tragedy at the Boston Marathon, the tragedy of a huge explosion in West, Texas, and finally, for me, the tragic loss locally of a 15-year old in a skateboarding accident. With the advent of 24-hour news, 24-hour sports, cell phone pictures, texting, instant maps, and social media, it seems that not a day or an hour goes by where we're not told something that is supposed to make us sit up and take notice, or at least pay attention. If you miss an hour, you're considered uninformed.

Bad things happen to good people, this is a sad fact of life. Bad people do bad things in life, such is the nature of man's innate free will. I just wonder sometimes if we all might be better off to ponder some of what's going on in silence, without updates, without constant reminders, without bombardment from everyone and everything around us. It's hard to put jarring things in perspective when the next thing comes at us within 15-minutes. Maybe we could come to grips easier with some traumas if we just had some time to breathe, to reflect, and then to move on.

But that won't just happen anymore. You're going to have to actively find a quiet corner or park or sanctuary to collect your thoughts or spend time with a loved one and come to grips with what's going on. Our apparently never-ending thirst to be told, informed, and updated has surely desensitized us to some degree. Amateurs over-analyze from across the street or even across the airwaves, but at the end of the day, which nowadays never seems to end with electronic information availability 24/7,  we're still frail humans trying to gain context when perhaps it can best come from within, if we just give it some time. Think about it…

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