last night, at the invitation of a dear friend, i went to a live screening of the pbs independent lens documentary, "motherland afghanistan," a harrowing look at the chaotic state of women's health care in the nation, since the 2001 american invasion. the parts that would otherwise move me to tears, did not. i felt unnaturally stoic. this morning, i wonder whether i have become somewhat desensitized to human suffering, or am just holding my breath.


Lisa said...

I had a similar experience last night when I watched a documentary on "extraordinary rendition". Depictions of suffering usually elicit a very emotional response from me. I wonder if, on occasion we hit a wall and it's simply a matter of self preservation to shield ourselves.

Ello said...

I wonder too if I get moments of indifferent insensitivity because there is so much suffering in this world. Maybe it is a defense mechanism. WE can only take in so much.

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