Our society is becoming more and more apathetic. Maybe it is because in a matter of seconds, we can scroll past 10 different catastrophes in our Instagram feed. We see hurricanes that have killed 82 people, a terrorist attack that has killed 130, and we see a school shooting. A school shooting that killed 17 people: 14 students, one teacher, a coach and athletic director. That’s 17 different families who have lost a deeply loved member of their family on Valentine’s Day of all days. When will we start to change?
I know how much the Freeman shooting shook the very core of my friends, who lost a neighbor, a classmate and very well could have been shot themselves. When will we start to change?
The weird thing is that by this time next week, you won’t hear about this story. Our country will have already moved on to the next crisis. It is only when we allow ourselves to fully ache for these tragedies, will something begin to change. Once we rid ourselves of the apathetic mask that we wear, we will finally change what has become the norm for our country.