There has been a terrible disaster in Pakistan with the explosion of a spilled tanker which killed approximately 150 people who were scrambling to get the free fuel that was leaking. This has been barely touched on in the UK media - bottom page stuff. Not to mention the commentary that I've seen, not just on the Daily Mail site but other places, has been divided into 'Good, serves them right for stealing' and 'Good, they won't be coming over here then.'
Human beings sicken me sometimes.
I heard a bird cry, sharp and free. My name is Jordan.
I read about this. The people did not obey the police who said they should keep away. All they thought about was getting free fuel. But I suppose they were very poor. And then some idiot lit a cigarette. I thought "served him right if he died but sorry about all the others". But we feel more when it is about people who are geographically and culturally nearer to us, this is a simple fact. Has nothing to do with the value of lives.
We are famous for "Stockholm syndrome": "Q: Hey, what's up with Matt? His Dad is on social security, his mom got laid off, his sister's kids get free school lunches, he collects federal financial aid for college, and he only makes minimum wage working at Walmarts. Yet he keeps talking about how we need to cut taxes for the wealthy and quit spending so much on social programs. A: Yeah, he thinks he's going to be a millionaire soon. He's got Economic Stockholm Syndrome." (Urban Dictionary)