How Europe brings 140% a terrorist attack’s worth of misery upon itself with every 1% of fearmongering it fails to resist.

Times such as the aftermath of the last month’s terrorist attack in Brussels lay bare the grinding duality of arguably the most devastating humanitarian crisis of our age. In it, we find our emotions caught in a perplexing blend of agitation and empathy as a series of horrendous terrorist attacks keep occurring against a backdrop of desperate women, children, and men running for their lives seeking refuge in Europe.

Abominable though they might be, terrorist attacks fortunately remain relatively rare occurrences. All the while though, the deluge of heart-wrenching accounts of refugees has been pushing our sensory thresholds to ever-higher levels. By now, we might have already reached a point where it feels as though especially gruesome stories were required to make us recognize their full humanity. Nonetheless there is a strong concurrence between terrorist attacks and the dwindling awareness for the refugee crisis in that both point in the same direction: We are losing empathy for millions still alive for the sake of a couple dozens already dead.

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A social standoff.

 

A back-and-forth on racism between the Observing and the Judging.

 

An inescapable connection prompts humankind’s tacit but utter acquiescence to science.

 

How a simple logical puzzle betrays the profound irrationality of us.

 

 

How Europe brings 140% a terrorist attack’s worth of misery upon itself with every 1% of fearmongering it fails to resist.

Times such as the aftermath of the last month’s terrorist attack in Brussels lay bare the grinding duality of arguably the most devastating humanitarian crisis of our age. In it, we find our emotions caught in a perplexing blend of agitation and empathy as a series of horrendous terrorist attacks keep occurring against a backdrop of desperate women, children, and men running for their lives seeking refuge in Europe.

Abominable though they might be, terrorist attacks fortunately remain relatively rare occurrences. All the while though, the deluge of heart-wrenching accounts of refugees has been pushing our sensory thresholds to ever-higher levels. By now, we might have already reached a point where it feels as though especially gruesome stories were required to make us recognize their full humanity. Nonetheless there is a strong concurrence between terrorist attacks and the dwindling awareness for the refugee crisis in that both point in the same direction: We are losing empathy for millions still alive for the sake of a couple dozens already dead.

Read All

 

A social standoff.

 

A back-and-forth on racism between the Observing and the Judging.

 

An inescapable connection prompts humankind’s tacit but utter acquiescence to science.

 

How a simple logical puzzle betrays the profound irrationality of us.