It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. Maybe in some offbeat way it is.
To find topics for this blog, I set a Google Alert for the phrase “middle-aged woman”. Each day I get a headline and snippet of web articles that contain this phrase. Rarely do I find a topic I want to write about.
What comes with frequency, however, are the headlines that turn my stomach and make me wonder what is wrong with the world. I recognize that there are cultural differences worldwide, but we are all human. Don’t we all deserve equal respect?
Do gruesome headlines play on the same innate curiosity that makes us turn towards, rather than away from, accident scenes? Witnessing an accident leaves me unsettled for days, wondering what happened to the injured. No good comes of my observation. Don’t gruesome stories have the same effect?