Social Commentary

Bubble Explosion: The Orlando Tragedy

It’s easy to live in a bubble and to focus entirely on yourself and your immediate surroundings. It’s far too easy to ignore the rest of the world. I am one of those people that often gets caught up in my own life. I forget sometimes that the world is bigger than the town I’m in, that there are people in foreign nations that live completely different lives from the one I’m living. I forget that my reality is not the only reality.

Then there are events that burst my bubble. There are events that widen my focus and reveal the harsher side of the world. A side filled with hate and indifference. Filled with people who kill others with no remorse.

I am not into politics. Mostly because I can’t stand the hypocrisy. I don’t believe in the system where politicians lie, and can be bought by the highest bidder. It’s time that the world wakes up.

Usually when I think about Orlando, Florida I think about Disney, the happiest place on Earth. I visualize vibrant colors, children’s smiles, and long lines made up of exhausted parents and hyper kids. 

Now when I think of Orlando I think of pain and suffering, death and injustice. It’s discouraging that one of my first thoughts after hearing about the mass shooting was, “Oh God, not another one.” I won’t sit here and muse about the motives of the murderer. Whether it was religious, terrorism, homophobia, or random. For me that doesn’t matter. What matters is that innocent lives were lost and another place has become unsafe; elementary schools, movie theaters, colleges, high schools, clubs. Where and when will it end?

Humans are being attacked based on their beliefs, their race, gender, and sexuality. We think Orlando is a tragedy, and it is. But what’s worse is that this has happened before, will happen again and not just in America but all over the world. 

It’s time for your bubble to burst, to take a hard look at yourself and those around you. You can make this world a better place. You can help prevent another massacre. 

Be kind. Be compassionate. Because violence is not the answer. Hate will not solve anything. 

Until next time,

~K.D.

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