What the News Taught Me

By Rashah Neason

To say that this is an interesting time we’re in would be an understatement. I’ve never been one to watch the news, although I do try to keep up with what’s going on in the world. I have chosen not to watch the news during this pandemic in order to protect my mental health. However, because I’m not a hermit, I have watched different news outlets and, as a result, have seen unfortunate things that are truly heartbreaking. This pandemic has really shown how much humans lack compassion for their fellow humans.

Seeing videos of people taking food from elders’ carts while elders are not looking and filming the theft as a joke is both sad and infuriating. It shows how this society views our elders. Clearly, people do not respect their elders, and it’s not just people in my generation. This pandemic is showing true colors of ageism across the generations. Even generations preceding mine think “it’s a dog eat dog world.” I’m not sure what the outcome of this pandemic will be. I hope it will help people realize that one of the simplest things you can do for the world is to show compassion for all people and groups who inhabit the world.