People Suck

I’m having a hard time being funny today. And I’m having a hard time understanding why I’m having a hard time. Because any other day I ignore the countless hordes of people suffering and dying from war and terrorism and famine and genocide and lack of clean drinking water, and and and; to bring you mildly funny content. Throw me a bone and give me mildly funny OK? I need it today.

So why are we so much sadder when terrorists hit a beautiful western European city? Paris, Brussels…is it because it reminds us too much of our own cosmopolitan cities? Is it because we’ve traveled there, we know people who live there; it’s not as foreign to us as some unpronounceable long forgotten place elsewhere in the world? I don’t really know. All I can say is that today is going to be the day I let the overwhelming sadness of what humans are capable of doing to other humans (not to mention other animals) wash over me. Not just because Brussels is a beautiful city with amazing food and chocolate (seriously) and wonderful people, some of whom I know. But because I’m fed up with it all.

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10 Responses to People Suck

  1. It’s a sad state the world we live in today. Yes, people do suck, but there are those bright lights who do good for the world too.

  2. Carol Ferenc says:

    Well said, Jill. It’s all so incomprehensible.

  3. Pam Waits says:

    Normal humans and people like us (because we’re probably rarely described as normal) naturally feel empathy and sadness amidst such injustice and suffering. Terrorism knows no bounds. It’s wrong and incomprehensible. Although some people suck, there are many more who don’t – unless they’re drinking from a straw. Then they suck because they have to.

    • Jill Foer Hirsch says:

      I love your brand of philosophy! It’s true that many, many non-straw drinkers don’t suck. Just hard to keep sight of that sometimes…

  4. Harriet Schneider says:

    It makes me sad and it also puzzles me. You would think by the year 2016 people would learn to live and let live!

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