Monday, January 31, 2011

Death in context

After the bombing of the Moscow airport, I watched their government warn of the retaliation for the terrorist act. So I had this thought about how as human beings certain contexts make us freak out about death, while others leave us completely unperturbed. The fact that thirty some people died as a result of a bomb freaks everyone out, yet had it been a bus crash, it would not have made the news. By targeting rampant alcoholism, environmental pollution, poor healthcare, etc, Russia could probably save an order of magnitude more lives - but they don't focus on that.



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