A moment ago, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie presented his portion of the 2:00pm EST press conference, following the deadly commuter train crash in Hoboken.
During his speech, he declared: “The silver lining? Only one fatality.”
And, furthermore, “due to injuries caused by debris”.
A woman died. A woman, whose name has not yet been revealed, pending notification of next of kin.
Her only defense: standing on the platform, waiting for the train.
Soon, we may be permitted knowledge of her identity.
And, perhaps there will be a retrospective of her life, aired by the media.
But, a word, please.
The world of statistics. Those who live within it are to be pitied. Theirs is a realm of calculated loss, some mumbling about “the greater good”. Oh; and, a mentality that is fed by tactic and strategy.
This is a war mentality.
It is not civic minded. It is not compassionate. The value of human life is reduced to a numerical equivalent, like the toluene levels in drinking water. Acceptable, or not. One death, equating to some notion of Acceptability.
I suppose we should all thank our God that we were not standing on that train platform at 8:45 am this day. And, we might pray for the family who lost a beloved sister, daughter, perhaps mother.
I know that, at my own mother’s death, she lay in her own bed in her own home, the sun streaming in to receive her soul. As for those to whom her death was merely a calculated, statistical risk, who administered the treatment protocol that did nothing to save her life, I wonder how long ago their own souls left their bodies.
The walking dead. They are among us.
© Ruth Ann Scanzillo 9/29/16 – All rights those of the author. Thank you.