We are living in a very violent society. We get used to it. We are not surprised anymore when we witness brutal killings in the television. Surprisingly though, sometimes we don’t sympathize with the victims at all. The violence desensitizes us that we don’t at times feel pity at all for the victims. These are normal. These things happen. Same tragedies, murders, rapes, etc, are featured in the television every evening news, but with different characters, and at different degree.
A volunteer nurse was gang-raped in Maguindanao.
A fratman allegedly dropped a grenade during the “salubong” of the last day of bar exam.
A son shot his father, dead.
A child got molested by his uncle.
A call center agent beheaded. Her bf is the suspect.
A vice mayor, while jogging, was shot.
These are but few of the recent news we watched in the television. If same events will be shown tomorrow or on the next day, we will not be surprised. News is commonly attached with bad and violence. It’s disheartening to say that sometimes it entertains us. We’ll find it unusual to watch news without violence. Good news seems to be a contradiction in terms.
We are being subtly conditioned by the media to accept this normalcy of violence in our society. It could also be that media continues to feed us with these because delights our appetite. Delighting in violence and aggression?
Could you imagine when the evening news contains more good than bad?
A teacher awarded because of his utmost dedication.
A taxi driver returns Php 1M.
A group of students build houses for the poor.
Philippines take lead in good governance index.
Mr. So donates a million to build schools in Maguindanao.
I’m sure it will bore us. “Are we in the Philippines?” we might as well ask. We are so used in violence that we find good news boring and unusual in evening news. News will not be that entertaining when 80% of it is good.
It is the challenge for every one, every institution, to promote a culture of peace.. It may take long, but for sure, I’m hopeful, it will come that we will get used with peace that we’ll consider violence unusual in the news.