Monday, October 27, 2008

The last few weeks... revisiting some issues

Since I didn't have this blog a few weeks ago, I didn't have an outlet to share a story that really got to me a little while ago. I was on my way back to work after going home for lunch when I got a call that a man was pinned under a car at the corner of 14th Street and Van Buren Avenue. Accidents are one part of the job that I hate because you never know what you are going to run into, but it isn't often good. It turns out, the man was in his truck, which stalled out at the stop sign. For some reason, the truck was configured in such a way that he didn't use a key to start it, but "hotwired" it from under the hood. Unfortunately, when he got out and started it again, it lurched forward and pinned him underneath and he ended up dying from his injuries. This is something straight out of the Darwin awards, but to see it in real life isn't funny at all. I felt horrible for this poor man and his family.

This event, while tragic, was not the catalyzing moment that triggered my ultimate sadness. What really got to me was the reaction of the crowd that had gathered around the scene as the emergency crews raced to try and save this man's life. Many were in shock and horrified, but some, for reason's beyond my comprehension, were taking pictures and video with their cell phones. Now I was there taking pictures, I will give you this, but it is part of my job and I can guarantee you that I would be no where near the scene with a camera if I didn't have to be. So I can't quite fathom why people would want pictures and video of a poor man dying under his truck. Am I wrong in all of this?

In truth, I was truly saddened by our society which appears to have become so desensitized that they would stand by and take pictures and video for whatever reason as a man dies. I have had to cover a few things at this job where people have died and I use my camera as a buffer between me and the reality of what is going on because I have to be there and must get through it for work. But don't think that each one doesn't affect me and I don't think about what I saw. I can only hope that those people there, with their cameras and cell phones, were using them as their own shield from reality, but they had a reasonable choice to just walk away so they didn't have to see it. And I hope each person is affected by what they saw there because they should be. If not, and it is just another story to tell and laugh about, then I really do worry.

To end on a positive note however, I had some of my faith in humanity restored that night as I shared my story with friends. They were each very helpful and reassured me that it was good that I was impacted by this event. One friend in particular, helped me more than she can ever know when she told me that she went to the place of the accident and prayed for the man and his family that night. She wasn't there at the scene and only heard about it through me, but she genuinely felt for the man and his family and that meant the world to me because it helped restore some faith in people. I don't follow any particular religion and not much for praying, but her prayers helped at least one person that day and for that I am forever grateful.

And for anyone out there reading, I promise the next post will be much happier.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A new world of blogging.

So here I am, on the verge of jumping into the world of blogging. Sure, I have blogged before, but only using the MySpace blogging function, and that is a bit different cause only my friends get to see that. Here, however, I get to expose my thoughts to a larger potential audience. Of course, I could have a much smaller audience here because with sooooo many bloggers out there, how many people really want to read about me and my life?

Nonetheless, here I go, ready to get out there in the open and tell people a little bit about me and what I am going through. I doubt this will provide anyone with great insights into life, love or anything else, but maybe someone will read one of my posts and will know what I am talking about or understand what I am going through and for that moment, they will know that someone else is going through similar ordeals or thinking similar thoughts and they will see that they are not alone. I think that the realization that you are not alone can really mean a lot to people because I know it means a lot to me.

Hopefully, in this giant realm of blogging, people can connect and see that people are very similar in many ways and through that realization, we can all share more knowledge with each other and through that knowlege, we can all live a little better and happier.

So, as you read through this and other posts or other people's blogs, please feel free to leave comments and give your insight because I think sharing information is what this is all about.