This is my response to Melanie’s Truthful Tuesday prompt, where we were asked:
DO YOU THINK THE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS SENT TO VICTIMS OF DISASTERS OR MAYHEM ARE WORTH THE EFFORT?
It depends. Any outpouring of grief is pointless unless we also ask the question “can we stop this from happening again?”
It might well be that we ask that question, and the answer is “no”, in which case all we really have is “thoughts and prayers”.
Or it might be that the answer is a straightforward “yes”, in which case, don’t we have a duty to do something? Just offering “thoughts and prayers” is plain cynical. “Tough luck, but I’m fine for it to keep on happening.”
Or, it might be that the answer is more complex. “Yes we can, but I’m not willing to do what it takes to prevent it”. In which case, all we can do is to suck it up. Again, “Tough luck, but I’m not prepared to do what it takes to keep it from happening.”
“Thoughts and prayers” are simply meaningless in that scenario.
Climate Change, for example. People complaining that the planet is becoming warmer, then complaining about the price of gas. Or talking about their next vacation to Bali. “People” should use less gas, yet “people” consider themselves personally exempt.
Doesn’t compute. Something has to give.