How You Tell the News

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I tried to place myself in the position of the parents of the missing teachers/children who were most likely murdered September 26 in Mexico. Four mass graves were discovered in the Mexican state of Guerrero on October 10th. The parents have still not learned what happened to their children. [1]

Yesterday 46 students were killed for going to school in Nigeria. “It [Boko Haram] is waging a sustained campaign to prevent children from going to school. It believes girls should not attend school and boys should only receive an Islamic education.” [2]

A headline in today’s Guardian reads, “Mexican police injured in Acapulco during protests over student massacre” – not  – “Parents of 43 students in Desperate Clash with Police because they’ve been waiting since September to find out what happened to their children” … but wait … on the same page I am reading about how, “Lana Del Ray is just the latest woman to be attacked by Eminem…” Was she verbally attacked or ‘killed for going to school’ attacked?

The “news” is a powerful leveler causing a numbing down that an extra large font can’t shout over.  Will our collective tombstone say, “they could get used to anything?”

We could argue about the reasons the world is such hell for so many but the cause is nearly always rooted in money. We need stability in this world.  A living income guaranteed will mitigate the extremes. This is the best thing we can do right now.

[1] According to official data, since December 2012, an additional 1,000 people die every month in violence linked to drug cartels.

[2] BBC


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