we say ignorance is bliss
hatred, intolerance, and greed
the trifecta of our society
do you see it?
news anchors deliver breaking news: a pop star got married yesterday
we listen eagerly, absorbing every detail
news anchors report homelessness is on the rise, and a child was abducted nearby
we flick the tv off
after all, we have our own lives to deal with
a new reality show premiered last week
five million people tuned in to peek into another’s life at 10pm sharp
responsibilities ignored, we’ll make time for them later
11pm news flooded onto screens an hour later
a charity event benefitting a children’s hospital was announced
we flicked the tv off
we don’t have the time
in the morning we share a picture on facebook of a starving child
“one share equals one prayer”
during an afternoon in the grocery store the cashier holds a transparent jar
“one dollar can provide this child clean water”
we stare at the picture of a helpless child
the words, “i already donated” spill from our mouths
as we walk out of the store, a pang of guilt is felt
the guilt quickly disappears as we think back to this morning
thank goodness one share equaled one prayer
that’s close enough, right?
we read the latest addition of our favorite magazine
the first article is about body positivity
life mottos are sprinkled throughout
“beauty has no weight requirement!”
we skim the rest of the issue, and another catches our eyes
“best and worst beach bodies!”
“look at the cellulite on this hollywood star!”
“i can’t believe she would leave the house looking like that!”
which article will you show your friends?
tears flow as news of a recent teenage suicide spreads through town
“society is so cruel”
“treat others how you would like to be treated”
for a week we choose our words carefully
for a week we are sensitive
but this cloud of compassion soon drifts away and we are back to our old ways
the usual storm of judgement and negativity returns
gossip rolls in like thunder and dirty looks flash like lightening
how many lives must be lost before the storm clears for good?
we teach our children about the plagues that killed our ancestors
but we don’t realize what is happening in our own society
a problem is spreading; the wrong state of mind
we have discarded compassion and replaced it with indifference
we have forgotten how to help others when it does not benefit ourselves
we have turned a blind eye to the struggles of our neighbors
they fall and ask for a helping hand
are you willing to get your hands dirty for someone who can’t repay you?
will you pretend they’re not standing next to you screaming for help?
because ignorance is bliss, right?