a piece of the continent

Am making an exception to my Sunday Sayings’ theme by saying something of my own first instead of just quoting chapter or verse. Disasters evoke feelings and opinions often follow ; I’m moved to comment.

With the usual rush to nominate a bogeyman, play politics, and manipulate emotions, the reportage of lives lost in the MH17 disaster  is beginning to resemble a rather obscene peep show, whereby horror sometimes strays into the gratuitous. Repetitive reading or watching the news will not help me comprehend the numbers, absorb the exponential grief, or accept the awe-fullness that all these lives were destroyed, suddenly, horribly and without natural cause.

On whatever scale, loss of life is a reminder to live the days that we do have, without complaint or distraction. Just yesterday, we buried a family member. Having lost all her close family before the age of 21, she lived on into her eighties, and after a short illness, died in her own bed. This is how life ends for some – but not everyone.

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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 if a manor of thy friend’s 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 bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
John Donne

July 18th -Flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine with 298 people onboard. The plane was shot down by a missile.

7 thoughts on “a piece of the continent

  1. I am horrified at the detailed description of the disaster zone, what purpose does it serve, other than to make it impossible for anyone who knows someone who was on that plane to listen to/read/watch any news? Tell me stories of the people lost to bring home the horror and waste, don’t describe the sights and smells. I am, as ever, impressed with the way you have found something meaningful to say in the face of more human tragedy.

    1. very much appreciate your comments Janet – relieved to know that I am not swimming against the tide as it were. The coverage brutalises us to the realities too – as with the Twin Towers, Fukushima etc
      If I had lost someone there I could not bear to speak to tv or press either –

  2. You are absolutely right about modern news reporting, all to often bordering on an obscenely gratuitous peep show…news needs to be told, but it used to be done with more restraint.

    1. that’s the word Sue-‘restraint’ – it restores dignity and puts real feeling back into tragedy instead of the emotional rollercoaster we are being put on these days

  3. no words could convey this better…I found myself so upset, negative, hostile and angry that I shut off the news and refuse to listen anymore. Instead I will pray for the lives lost and continue to pray for peace and an end to this senseless violence.

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