That is some petty, low-class bull-shit, man. What is it with these stupid social justice blogger activists that have to turn everything into some stupid crusade? You can't say a damned word without someone turning it into some kind of horrible offense. Everything piece of media has to be carefully planned to make sure you have the perfect mix of nationalities, sexes and sexual preferences, or else you're doing someone a grave injustice by under-representing them. You can't say anything positive about Christianity (other religions are OK though) because then you're "pushing your faith." You can't offer health advice on how to deal fat - the #1 cause of preventable death or you're being oppressive by not embracing the "fat acceptance" movement. And now, apparently, you can't mourn the death of your countrymen because you don't spend every day of your life obsessing over the horrible things that happen to people in war-torn countries. Do you people not have even a basic understanding of how the human mind works? Or are you just the kind of bottom-feeders that trolls people in mourning?
1. You think we don't know that people are dying around the world? Of course we do. But it's *always* more personal when it's closer to home. People in America are more affected by Boston than they are by people half a world a way for the same reason that people are more affected when someone in your neighborhood is murdered than when someone on the other side of the country is killed - because human beings - not Americans, but human beings - are hard-wired to feel more of a connection with whom they share more common ground and can more easily relate to. That's just how we work.
2. People like you - and all these bull-shit pictures keep pointing out that "this kind of stuff happens every day in [insert war-torn country]." Well, yea. That's kind of the point. We understand that things suck in certain parts of the world. But we can't really fix that. We don't have magic wands that will just make it go away. We cant just send troops to every arm-pit on the planet because every time an American soldier is sent somewhere the world throws a fit and says "we're trying to be the world police." We can't throw money at it and think that's going to fix it. So we accept that it's happening because that's all we can fucking do. Because it's a day-to-day reality, so as horrible as it may be, we accept it. We can't spend every waking moment of our lives mourning the the problems of people on the other side of the world. That won't help them any more than it will help us. But when something like Boston occurs, where it's on our doorstep, when it's our neighbors, it's different. It stands out. Human beings (again, not just Americans, but human beings in general) are more affected by tragedies with unusual circumstances, because out of necessity we reach a certain level of desensitization of everything else. We have to for the sake of our sanity.
Bottom line: when tragedy befalls your neighbors, you don't pretend like it's no big deal just because the same tragedy befalls strangers on a regular basis. Our duty as part of the internationally community is the same as our duty as part of any local community - you look out for your neighbors as best you can, but your thoughts, prayers and responsibility to your family always comes first. This is the natural order. If you can't grasp that; that's your problem.