I've reluctantly come to the conclusion that I have some sort of mild empathic tendencies. It's sort of surged in the past few years.
I can't pass an ambulance or an accident, watch a news report, read an article or be around a person suffering emotionally or physically without an
intense reaction that I have to work hard to contain or without feeling extreme fatigue and emotional exhaustion.
I have never been like this before and I don't want this now. It's horrible. It's honestly easier these days to be by myself than interact with the
world. But of course I do, and no one around me knows I feel this way.
So for some people, not watching or not having a reaction is a defense mechanism. Because for the past two or three years, the world has seen a lot of
suffering and drama and chaos.
On top of this, it seems to me that we're somewhat desensitized to real world issues. Were so consumed with superficial issues that we're in
information overload. I mean people have been seized and captivated by Charlie Sheen for goodness sake. We obsess on looks, fashion, money, sports,
politics, whatever, pick one, none of it's real.
People close the door to that which is real, like the Japan situation, and subconsciously opt to manage their emotions while gaming, watching TV or a
movie, or interacting on-line because it's fake, it's not real life, it's manageable, it's safe. Even you are managing it by posting on facebook.
That seems surreal to me, I'm not judging - it's just vastly different than how people have dealt with grief and shock for eons of human history.
And let me just add, I would feel so weird about "liking" a facebook post about suffering or tragedy, but that's just me.
We're in uncharted territory no matter how you look at it.