The Sixth: Where’s the attention?

A couple of weeks back, I read about a man who took out a gun on the subway and waved it around before he tucked it back into his jacket. A couple of minutes later, he removed it and aimed it straight at a young boys head and shot him.  The boy died immediately. And, it was when the gunshot echoed that the people the in compartment looked up and noticed the happenings.

When did we become so callous? So into our own lives that we didn’t notice blatant murder taking place in front of our eyes!

The newspaper reported that the people had been so engaged into listening to music on their iPods, or reading on their tablets with headphones on, or just working on their electronic gadgets that all of them  simply failed to notice the maniac with the gun in their midst.

When did electronic gadgets take the place of communication, face to face communication? I travel by the local trains in my city every day. When my mom told me stories of ladies jibber-jabbering the whole ride, I was fully prepared to stall any advances at conversation unless really important by reading on the train. The sight that greeted me was of scores of ladies, sitting almost quietly with earphones in their ears and listening to their music. Of course, there are catfights almost daily, but that’s beside the point.

Today, we’re so indifferent towards others; we don’t really care if the person beside us is alive or dead, as long as his blood doesn’t drip on our new dress or silk suit or whatever. I, myself, don’t care about the person who lies on the road when I leave for home when college is done. It has been taught to me to mind my own business, what others do, is their problem.

We need to find equilibrium between this heartless indifference and poking our noses into each other’s businesses. We can’t let such an act take place again. We need to understand the gravity of this situation. If we don’t act now, it might just be too late. And, then, the person next to us might not really help us.

So, wake up. Look around. Stop looking into your phones; maybe chat with the person sitting next to you. Ask them about the weather. Pay attention to your surroundings, check out the environment. Observe the people around you; don’t play around with your phone. Keep it aside for some time.  The extremely important call you just attended might have led to someone’s death because of your callousness.  Try to change, for heaven’s sake. Leave the bloody headphones at home.  Talk to people.

So, this is all I have to say today.

Until next time,

Nia.

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