Death & Numbers… People aren’t statistics!

This is something I’ve had bothering me for a while now, and that I’ve been wanting to write about for some time.

On the news, in newspapers, in conversations, everywhere; whenever there is an incident, war or whatever with deaths involved; numbers are pulled out… X number of people died here, Y number of people died there, more people died on this side than that, less people were lost than in some other incident… and they go on and on and on.
The bigger the numbers, the more tragic they display it to be, and the more they talk about it.

But what they’re actually doing with all this is just cheapening down human life to a set of meaningless numbers.

People aren’t statistics!

Every single death means that a person who was once a parent, a sibling, a child, a spouse, a lover has left this world, and left a group of people aching with broken hearts. To those people, it feels as though the whole world was lost, as if everyone is gone. To those people, in that moment, they don’t care how many other people died, or how their loss compares to someone elses, all they care about is that someone very dear to them is gone.

Some might think that sounds selfish for them to only think of their loss and not that of others, but whether we like it or not, that is basic human nature and totally understandable, when in a moment of grievance such as the death of a loved one, no one is in a spot where they can afford the luxury of selfless thinking. At moments like those, they hurt more than if all of humanity was lost because of some tremendous tragic disaster.

In the end what I guess I’m trying to say is that death is death; one death, one hundred deaths, thousands or even millions of deaths, all amount to the same thing: a tremendous amount of pain, a huge loss, and that to at least someone, somewhere, it feels as if the whole world came crashing down and took everything with it.

So instead of insensitively counting numbers and turning lost loved ones into just another numeral on a piece of paper, that we use to compare and evaluate loss, maybe we should accept death as an absolute constant value, and react to it as something that we should do everything we can to stop it from happening in vain.

  • http://tombrou.blogspot.com قطّوس الزبلة

    So sad but true and common. The value of human life has been cheapened – as u said – to the extent that thousands of war deaths do not receive even the tenth of the attention the media pays to one single death. MJ is a recent example… While hundreds were dying in Somal, the whole world was listening to Billie Jean or watching the memorial service.

  • lot

    Couldn’t agree more…
    Glad to see you blogging here from time to time
    We miss your posts :)

  • MMM

    @Qattous: Well, that is a whole other side of the story, and that’s something that’s always pissed me off about media, they’re selective of their coverage; some things they report heavily on, and others they turn a blind eye to.

    @lot: Thank you so much for your comment and support :) I hope to get back to writing more and more here.
    Have a lot going through my head these days, and there’s nothing like blogging to get it out :)