By Daniel Paiz
Often times, NaPoWriMo is meant to reflect the times that we live in. The following piece is about the Sri Lanka bombings that took place on Easter Sunday. This piece isn’t meant to lecture so much as push those of us in the West who (in my opinion) seem to have tunnel vision at times about our global surroundings. Please read it a couple of times.
Now, I am no mathematician.
But, it seems to me that 34 is not
a bigger number than 321.
Yet, Western news outlets ALWAYS
and I mean always focus at some point
on the number of Westerners and/or Americans
We instead conflate sympathy with empathy
when they are not the same thing.
I bring this mic check on American society,
we plow our heads into the sand,
until we hear about someone we know,
to sow this newfound care about
one who reflects the same reality,
and the same prose.
Yet, the 321 people who died in Sri Lanka
are not always looked upon
as one group of people unjustly murdered.
Our Humanity in the West is questioned
because we always ask about
how many Americans or people from similar places
The rest are just numbers it seems.
If this strikes a somber chord with you,
Reflect on how you react to these killings.
Reflect on how masses from the world over
are just a number.
someone from the U.S. is somebody.
Someone from the U.S. is an individual.
Someone from the U.S. isn’t
just a number.
Thanos had a very dark way of deciding
how to help everyone in the galaxy.
Many in the U.S. champion the Titan,
because we are just like him,
and only see people sometimes,
as just a number.