Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
That `save the child or the cat' argument always sticks in my craw. I would try to save both. A life is a life. People look askance at me when I say that but I can't help the way I feel.
As for the war vs pet food recall, the war cannot be the top story overshadowing every single other for an indefinite period. If we didn't have correct and proper coverage of other news items all that would happen is that we would become even more immersed than we are, and life would not go on, it would remain locked in a stasis revolving around war, war, war.
People need other things to think about. Life does go on, and there are other important issues. It certainly does not mean that the soldiers dying aren't important, but lives lost are lives lost - human, animal, man, woman, child - and any needless, preventable loss of life should be given due attention. Irresponsibility, poisoning, deaths - these are important, current issues. They need to be covered and given no more and no less attention than they deserve.
Okay, and I'm not really directing this at you, but you bring up a number of very valid points in your post, so I'm quoting, lol!
I completely agree with your point on the "save the cat or save the person". I would try to save both. But then again, my kid would grab the cat and I could grab the kid.. and both would be saved, but that's because my kid adores animals the same way that I do. He'd be the one hanging off the cliff by one finger trying to save the kitty from falling off instead of worrying about whether he was going to make it himself. It runs in the family, lol.
That being said, though.. I honestly can say that I'd save my cat before I'd save a lot of people. Anyone that is close enough to me that I *might* (or might not, sort of debatable) choose to save instead of my cat.. someone who's life might be more important, all would do their damndest to save the animal first, so I just don't ever see it becoming a conflict for me. I mean, you have to base a hypothetical question on what you'd do in real life if you were presented with the hypothetical situation and you have to base that on your real life experiences and by extention, those people that you directly relate with everyday. And in that circumstance, I might be presented with that scenario at some point in time, but.. I know it would never be an absolute cut and dried situation.
Now, I'm of the opinion that the war, in fact, needs to be blasted on the front cover of every newspaper every single day because it is way too important to have taken the back seat that it's taken because it's not in our face every single day. I mean, there is a very distinct feeling here in this thread (and I'm just as guilty) where we've all pretty much just said, a.) there's nothing we can do about it, and b.) we've forgotten about it, or it's not as important because it's not right here in front of us. It *should* be just as important as if it were happening in our country. Our lives really do need to be about war, war war, because war war war is what's happening. It's a very spoiled outlook and reaction for us to simply forget about it because we can, because it's not happening here. Is it less important because it's in a different country? America is, imo, far more culpable for taking a war to another country than it would be if we'd been invaded and were defending ourselves. In fact, we should be doing far more about it now. We could do something about it, we're just too happy to ignore and be lazy about it to actually have accomplished anything. We're every bit as capable of doing something about this as we are able to do something about the pet food issue, it's just a little more difficult and more energy expended. Again, I'm just as guilty as everyone else, but I do admit that I could be a lot more active about it. I also admit that I tend to forget about it just like everyone else.
I think that's Rosie's point. I completely see what she's saying. It's not that pets are less important (though she handled it the wrong way), it's that war is one of the most important things going on right now, and we don't hear about it. We need to. I think the media needs to smack us in the face every day with it so we'll get off our butts and do something about it.
That, of course, doesn't work for those that are in favor of the war, but.. you know, those of us that don't.. well..we need to be doing more about it and we're not. But I think that's a lot of what she's saying. Dunno. I think if people were forced to think about it and not able to just put it out of their head because that's the easier route, we might actually be able to do something about it. It is rather disheartening to have it in our faces all the time every day, but I do think maybe that's what we need to motivate us.
Again, KitEKats, that's not directed specifically at you, I just think you brought up a lot of really good points.. there have been a number of posts of a similar type. I think you're right about a lot of things and the way people see it, in some respects, though, I have to disagree a little bit.