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  •  As I posted in the other thread (5+ / 0-)

    The brother/sister, mother/father, son/daughter angle is a tool to connect people that are unrelated to us to the relationships that we value. Its bringing things closer to home.

    It has nothing to do with the seriousness of the event (a rape is a rape, regardless of who it happens to), and everything to do with raising the emotional connection we have to the event by substituting the people we value greatly in our own lives for the anonymous people in the news.

    In other words, the absolute magnitude of the event never changes, but the relative magnitude greatly depends on our connection to the people involved. Using our own relationships is a very good way of increasing the relative magnitude of distant events.

    Perhaps it is a human failing that we can't attach the same weight to tragedies that occur in the lives of others vs. our own lives, but it is very much human nature and IMHO, a very important tool that keeps us from being overwhelmed by the amount of terrible things that happen all the time.

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