Tragedy, Accountability, and the Obama Presidency
Following these events the media is buzzing with coverage and commentary from all the experts, but the question most often asked is – why.
Inadequate reasons for tragedyPsychology gives its standard answers which usually have to do with childhood upbringing, abusive parents or childhood traumas. Finally there are chemical imbalances, pathological problems of every sort and description, including severe psychotic problems.
As the dust settles and the media intensity subsides we are often left with a larger void than when we first heard of the latest tragedy. The very word ‘tragedy’ has become the catchphrase of the decade. This is exactly why it begs to be scrutinized more carefully and perhaps re-defined.
When moral decline, callousness, indifference and distractions are the cause of tragedy it is like a sudden call to attention, a firecracker in a crowd or a bump in the road that turns heads, but only for a while. A tragedy becomes just something momentarily out of the normal flux of the day. It becomes little more than a distraction, except for those directly victimized.