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Raechel Patrica
 
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Apathetic and Desensitised – Oscar Pistorius

11 April 2014, 09:23

I have received quite a view conflicting comments about my recent article in which I discussed my feelings regarding the Oscar Pistorius trial. 

I Am South African. Oscar Pistorius Should Unite Us.

I would just like to elaborate further.


I am disturbed about the apathy I am experiencing on a regular basis when it comes to current events or world issues. Not many people are as aware, or interested as I am and so be it. However, when these things may have a direct impact on our lives or the lives of people in our family and future families it seems a little ignorant, or perhaps we have chosen to be oblivious.

 We are constantly bombarded with information on wars, politics, news, images and graphic details that come along with them. It's frightening still that we are all so desensitised to these issues.


I am saddened by the fact that we as a human race feel the need to carry any weapons at all. In South Africa we are seen as paranoid by most first world countries. Whilst I was in Europe traveling, I was not exposed to the same day-to-day violence. Petty crime is probably the most prominent in the areas I travelled to. I was asked a few times why I was always looking over my shoulder or analysing certain locations, looking around for any probable danger. My family has been affected by crime in South Africa, my friends and loved ones have all had some kind of direct or indirect experience with crime. We shouldn't have to live as cautiously and fearfully as we do. We really don't know any other way of life, which is the worst part of it all.

We know there are wars, daily conflicts and incidents of violence and death everywhere. It does not make it okay for us to be completely indifferent to the issues at hand. It is said that one person’s actions affect more or less around 36 people (people they know, people who know the people they know etc.). One person therefor affects many lives; imagine in this regard how many peoples’ lives are affected by somebody’s death around the world on a daily basis.


I do not believe that a gun, a knife or any other kind of weapons kill people. It is quite obvious that people, recklessly or in defence, kill people. However, the way in which we have to constantly protect ourselves should not be such an overshadowing difficulty in our lives. We shouldn’t feel the need to take someone’s life, and unfortunately it happens. I have been told repeatedly that “it’s just life”. Why not ask yourself “why is it life?” instead of accepting it?


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