, Newburyport, MA


March 21, 2012

Human decency includes compassion

To the editor:

We have become a society shamelessly lacking in compassion. A few weeks ago a tragedy occurred, leaving two children with no father, a community without a police officer, and two families in grief and profound regret that will never heal.

A compassionate society would respect their need for privacy and forgo the opportunity to compound private grief with public humiliation, broadcasting details of their tragedy across the front page of the daily newspaper.

I don't know these people but I know that we all make mistakes. There once was a Golden Rule guiding us to treat others as we would have them treat us. Has the voyeuristic nature of today's news media destroyed our capacity for compassion, and have we confused real human tragedy with Hollywood dramas created for our entertainment?

These real people are suffering enough. Let's recover our own human decency and seek more humane forms of entertainment.

Kathleen Klose


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