Are WE too BUSY in our LIVES to see what is HAPPENING around US??

United States
April 18, 2007 9:58am CST
The day after the Virginia Tech incidient my 27 year old daughter was at my house picking up her daughter and the television set was on, now mind you she attends college on a full time basis. The television was broadcasting about the horrible events that happened and yet my daughter had not even heard about, and she had just come from her classes at college. When I explained everything to her she was terribly upset, but yet had not heard anything about it from the time it happened to the time I told her. So are we too busy in our lives to see what is happening around us? Obviously she was, but it makes it wonder if other are that way too.
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
18 Apr 07
Might be so, but the main reason I think is that we are bombed with sad news and disasters everyday and we just shot of.. Even if it is not right i think it is a protection we have for ourselves. I almost never watch the news anymore coz it is just sad stuff, people dying, wars,terrorattacs and so on.... Maybe I am beeing selfish - but i just cant hanle it right now..
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• United States
18 Apr 07
I went through a time where I never watched the news, now I watch to get the highlights and the weather, but this news story was all over the television, they stopped regular programming to hold prayer vigils, thanks for responding
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• United States
18 Apr 07
Well, of course we are going to be busy sometimes when something big happens and not know about it. We can't go around listening to the TV or radio 24/7, we have to still live our lives. 100 years ago, most of the world would have had to wait until the newspapers carried the story the next day to hear about it. Just because news is now available minutes after events happen doesn't mean we should be monitoring it every second. After all, what real difference did it make that your daughter found out later than other people about the Tech shooting? It was still an awful thing and she was still upset by it, same as if she had found out when you did.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
But you think since she attends college they would have mentioned to her in class with the added security measures that most colleges are taking in light of the Virginia Tech incident. Thanks for responding
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I am not too busy to look around and see what is happening. However, I choose to look and see the good things and not dwell on the unfortunate events, like what happened on Tuesday. And lets say I did spend several hours watching or listening to the media talk about those horrible events...what good will it do for me? Can I stop the next(assuming that there is one)tradgedy? Can anyone? Does my feeling bad change anything? Does it help me to get upset at hearing about this kind of thing? If I feel sorry for those involved, does it make a difference? I believe this was an isolated event that was caused by a person that acted in an irresponsible manner, to say the least. Is it a reflection of conditions on college campuses? No, I don't think it is at all. Why do I have to be a part of all the terrible things going on in the world? I simply cannot control what happens in the world and don't know anybody who can. So, my choice is to focus on the good and wonderful things that make up much more of the world than all the bad. It is a matter of perception and choice. I chose to see the world as a marvelous place, despite what others may tell me. No doubt that many families and people were affected by these events. However, is it any different than someone dying in a car crash or from cancer? What about the 1,000's of people that are killed or die for any number of reasons on any given day? Are their deaths any less tragic? Who speaks for them? I didn't mean any disrespect to you or your topic. It is certainly worthy of a response. You may totally disagree with me and think I am uncaring or whatever. When these things happen, instead of just accepting the media's presentation of how bad things are, I chose to form my own opinions. I choose to see light, and if I ignore the darkness it does not mean I am not concerned. No solutions are found by looking in the dark.
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• United States
19 Apr 07
Thank you for your response, you clearly deserved the Best Response that I have given you.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Thanks for the best response.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I will admit, I am often the last to know what is going on around the world. I don't watch, listen to, or read the news regularly because it is always so negative and they harp on things over and over when I feel they could be reporting other more important things... I think I get most of my 'news' either here on myLot or off the headlines from Yahoo.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
I love to watch television, if nothing else it acts as if someone is in the house when I am alone, so if I keep the news on while I am cleaning or on myLot I always hear what is going on, good or bad, I would rather know
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• United States
19 Apr 07
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@gberlin (3836)
18 Apr 07
I heard about it right away because I like to watch the morning news on CNN. Something like what happened at VT is very disturbing and only makes me think that Jesus' second coming is closer than we think!
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I am thinking it's very close - I know we're not supposed to try to figure it out, when it will be but when you look at all the things the bible says will happen and all the things that are happening daily, you just gotta believe.
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• United States
19 Apr 07
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@sunniek (286)
• China
19 Apr 07
maybe yes.it's always busy when im at work,i just heart that news on the bus,the bus tv shows me that.i was shocked and felt sad.
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• United States
19 Apr 07
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@chiyosan (30194)
• Philippines
18 Apr 07
yep, actually it is really because that people are too busy catching whatever they think is left of their lives and go after some invisible things they have yet to achieve, we have tendencies to totally neglect what is happening.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
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@GardenGerty (116618)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I think we use 'busyness" as a way to block out unpleasant things. We are too busy to listen, and too busy to think about it. I am surprised that it was not a major topic in classes. I think that is a failing on their part to have ignored it. College is supposed to keep us informed. I did not learn about 911 because my TV was not on, and I was on a trip to bury my mom. We stopped in Wal Mart for something I had forgetten, and it was on the overhead tv. but I thought it was a movie. It was hard to take it all in. I, of course, was "busy". She was not willfully ignorant of the things going on, and was properly concerned when she knew.
@brokentia (10395)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Sometimes we are. When the planes hit at the WTC on 9/11...I didn't know until an hour later because I got a phone call asking me if I was still going to fly. (I was to fly home a week later) I was busy with three babies, cleaning, doing laundry, and hadn't sat down all day. The TV was on Blue's Clues so I hadn't heard any news all morning. Well, of course I had no clue why I was being asked if I still planned on flying. Until I was told to change the change to any news or local channel. So...sometimes life gets in the way and we do not see the happenings unless they directly effect us. Doesn't mean we don't care...just means we are busy. Thankfully, we have family and friends to help us keep up with the news if we get caught up. :)
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I do think we are involved and busy and sometimes we do miss things because we haven't been anywhere that would tell us the news.
• Malaysia
19 Apr 07
Yes, I agree with you. Now, our life is too busy and I also dis'nt know what happening around me. Normally, I get out from my house around 7A.m early in the morning and I came back about 7P.m in the afternoon. So, I don't care what is hapening around me. After that I have a free time at one night and I played badminton with my friends. My friend also tell me a story that my old friend now in police station because he steel a handphone. I don't know about that and I only know after four days my friend in prison at police station.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Our minds work to protect us from the tragedies of life so this is why we stay so busy every day. Frankly, these tragedies really take us outside of our own little bubble and we each, individually, must re-evaluate our priorities. Perhaps that is the positive outcome of an otherwise tragic situation.
@mgupta (71)
• India
19 Apr 07
People have become too materialistic, but they have forgotten themselves. They are busy meeting everybody, but no time to meet oneself.
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Well, I know that in flipping through tv channels, it has been on every news channel off and on since it happened. If you don't watch tv, you might not hear about it. I don't read the newspaper, but do read news online, and of course, it was all over that. But, if you don't get on the computer, you wouldn't have seen it there either. I know I heard a little bit on my radio station, but if you don't have the radio going, you could have missed it there. So...if you are going through your normal routine...go to work or school, and don't read or watch or listen to the news...you might have missed it. When I went to work today, I never heard any talk about it. Perhaps at her college...it was a definite subject they wouldn't want talked about.
• Indonesia
19 Apr 07
Sometimes, yes. that's why we need someone to remind us such as parent, friends or brother or spouse or other.
• United States
19 Apr 07
That's unreal that she didn't even hear about the Virg. Tech. shootings. Especially if she goes to school full time. You'd think she would have heard it somewhere since it happened 3 days ago. I found out about it around 4pm on monday. I was working that's why I didn't hear about it sooner than that. I don't have contact with the outside world until I'm off work. Today someone robbed a bank and there was a shooting near 3 schools. All 3 schools were on lock down. Then at 230am before that happended there was a shooting down where my mom lives. I found out about that when I got to work because a few parents of children were affected by this. It's really sad that we have to live in a world like this.