One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say:
“Yes, this is a tragedy, but we can’t forget about this more gruesome event that happened.”
“Yes, this is a tragedy, but don’t forget about the millions of others of people that die everyday.”
I agree, there will always be a more gruesome act of terror than another, but does it really matter?
Does it really matter which act of terror had the most victims?
When it comes down to it, somebody’s family, sibling, and even friend, died today. To them, their whole world has just collapsed. No matter how many other people died in another senseless act of destruction, this is the one that matters most to them.
Just because it matters to one person does not mean that it should be something that matters to every person, but it also does not mean that we should say that something else worse happened.
For the families of those affected today, nothing worse has happened.
During these acts of destruction, we should take the time to be closer to each other, rather than causing division by saying that something worse has happened to more people.
Rather than trying to prove that something worse is happening somewhere else, we should take the time to reflect on all acts of terror.
Hopefully by coming together and reflecting on the past, we may even be able to change the future.