First of all, I apologize in advance for using my garden blog to sometimes express my humble musings on life which might not have anything to do with gardening itself. However, I'm one of those over-sensitive people who just cannot close their eyes (or mouth) in front of certain things or people they thought of as disgraceful.
Just this morning I was driving to my lecture and traffic was diverted due to an accident. Later on I heard about a woman who was run down and killed by a huge truck in the city center. While trying to save her dog from being hit by cars, she got killed herself. Nobody deserves to die like that but unfortunately things like that happen all the time. Sometimes I feel like a real weirdo for such stories making me sad and shocked while other people chitchat about how the woman was stupid to cross the road where you're not supposed to cross, how they are sick tired of people running across the road like fools, making them have to waste their brakes and so on and so forth. Sometimes I think I might be living in the wrong century, by all means. To tell the truth, I'm also amazed at all the strange places and times people choose to run over the road carrying their children and risk both their and other peoples lives. Nevertheless, my friend was killed on the school crossroads with the green light on, ran over by a school bus. So much about the rules. The only thing I feel sorry for is that life is so fragile and so short, and sometimes we act both silly and hasty as if we didn't care about having only this one life to live. But such is fate.
Same goes for drivers, who can't wait to lean on their horn and beep away anyone crossing the road as they drive by, oblivious of the fact that their driving skills are at the same time so disastrous that they present a potential catastrophe every time they start their engines. What happened to driving culture? Does anyone remember that? People seem to forget we all make mistakes. What is the need to beep away at the poor old lady who can barely walk, cannot use an underground passage, and she is just trying to get on the other side of the crosswalk, but her pace is too slow and wow, she is making so many people waste their valuable time. How often do they forget they will also get to the end of the road one day, an old lady or not.
And now the most horrifying thing, the money-driven predators who will sell last glimpse of their humanity/morality to click away at some horrifying scenes of an accident just so their name would pop out in the breaking news article and maybe they would earn a dime as well.
Take a good look at the picture above, what is the 'fancy lady' doing?
I found this on the front page of one of our best-selling newspapers.
The headline said: '' The fancy lady and the brain leftovers''. An article about the same accident and the scenes that followed. Disgraceful. I'm not going to point out the hypocrisy of the article author himself, as he places photos like that on the front page every day. And that fancy lady is not the only one clicking away at someone's cruel fate. As there was people about practically fighting for a more shocking photo of a body crushed by heavy truck wheels. Now I'm asking you am I totally in the wrong universe or have the people gone totally unscrupulous and immune to someone's misfortune and dignity of the life itself? How can this cold-hearted lady enjoy the warm spring breeze while clicking away at someone's mutilated leftovers? Is she some bitter, complex-ridden 'journalist' or a lousy Pulitzer wannabe? What if it was someone dear to her? Would she walk off as elegantly and show off to her friends and co-workers with the wonderful 'catch' of the day? How can she possibly be so inconsiderate? I bet she regretted not taking her camera and having to zoom away with slightly poorer equipment of her mobile phone. What if it was a child and not an old woman walking her dog? Would someone care then? What if the woman was still alive and needed help? She'd probably turn her head away and walk off because she's late for work. What would 'the predator lady' think of someone clicking away at her dead body just to earn a minute of glory in the local newspaper... Does one life that ended in such tragedy not deserve AT LEAST some compassion?
Nevertheless, some passers by actually did notice the poor little dog waiting at the side of his tragically deceased owner for more than an hour. Someone even cared about the little one and asked if the woman had any family and who will take care of the dog, but soon enough the dog was taken away by police.
I must be quite strange, for only the look at these two dissonant photos makes me utterly distressed, without the need to even read an article to the end. And yes, it makes me ashamed of being human.