When I look at comments on social media I sometimes get the idea that tragedy has become a commodity.
How the headline is phrased and the angle from which the story is presented can serve as a divisive tool rather than a notification of the actual tragedy itself.
Obituaries have become battlegrounds.
Interest groups who scream the loudest sometimes wish to convince us that the sincerity of their outrage is equal to the noise they can generate.
So many times this noise descends into a cesspool of vulgarity and banal interjections.
I try to avoid social media comments as much as possible these days.
Not even seemingly well-intended comments are safe from the noise.
Within comments, the term “virtue signaling” surfaces ever so often.
This term gets flung at those who wish to express emotions that seem appropriate within a certain context, without requiring any real action or sacrifice.
If you need to read the news in whichever format you prefer, do so— But ask yourself what you could possibly gain from investing in other’s disembodied opinions and anger.
Perhaps we feel that strongly expressed emotion is better than showing no emotion at all?
It might be true?
Unfortunately, the violent expulsion of emotion can become a purpose unto itself, occasionally serving to erase the humanity that lies within the silence of grief.