Death at a Distance

Posted on

A Generous Helping

I saw someone’s Facebook status today:

a

And I was immediately struck with anger.

At first, I wasn’t sure quite why. I get what they meant. It seems like Ebola’s everywhere! It’s constantly on the news, all over the internet, and everyone’s talking about it. It makes sense to be sick of hearing about it.  We’re bound to get sick of hearing about anything that much!

But still, I couldn’t shake the discomfort that rung in my head over that status. Ebola seems far away, after all, it’s only been diagnosed four times in the US. It’s easy to tuck it away in your mind as something distant that doesn’t affect you and forget why it’s a big deal.

It’s even become a hot topic for jokes on social media:

bc

de

Because so many see this very real disease as a far away concept, we find safety in our distance and it’s…

View original post 307 more words

Advertisements

9 thoughts on “Death at a Distance

    Rajiv said:
    October 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I did not know that people make fun of Ebola. This is very sad.

    Like

      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 31, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      You’re right Rajiv – it’s tragic. Those poor people passing away from such a terrifying, painful thing in appalling conditions. No funny there at all.

      Like

        Rajiv said:
        October 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        True. I received a silly husband-wife joke about Ebola today

        Like

    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    October 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I am sure that if transported to infected areas and turfed out into the street the laughter would cease immediately.

    Like

      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      True! Although if you read Russell Blake’s posts, nobody anywhere should be laughing. It could so easily get out of control worldwide. 😦

      Liked by 1 person

        Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
        October 31, 2014 at 2:54 pm

        I have been reading some of the research papers and it is even more concerning to hear that scientists are not entirely sure how long quarantine should be to take into account the infectious period which could be up to 42 days… all we can do is take precautions at the moment and hope it can be contained. XX

        Like

          jorobinson176 responded:
          October 31, 2014 at 2:59 pm

          That’s a terrifying thought – that could mean that there could be a lot more people already infected. Wow! XXX

          Like

    Jacqui Murray said:
    October 29, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I’m sure the Nigerians aren’t laughing.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s