Whilst reading two BBC news articles for Scotland today it made me wonder if there is something seriously wrong with me.
The first article tells of two men who have admitted setting fire to a stolen car in an Aberdeenshire supermarket car park while people were still sitting inside.
The second article talks about an animal charity calling for the licensing of air guns after a cat in West Lothian was left injured after being shot three times.
I quickly skimmed the first one, thought “idiots” and moved on without giving it a second thought or feeling any sympathy for the victims whatsoever.
The second one got me so angry and I felt genuinely upset for the poor cat.
What does this say about me?
It made me think of all the bad news stories I see each and everyday and how I don’t often give a damn or care about the people involved. Yet as soon as an animal is the subject of the story then I show both interest and emotion.
Am I a bad human?
Another example would be today when I was walking along the pavement and saw a dead bunny rabbit that had obviously been hit by a car and somehow crawled out to take refuge under the bushes. There didn’t appear to be any apparent outward injuries and it simply looked like it was asleep.
I felt so sorry for this poor little creature and it stirred more emotion in me than it does when I read in the news about people being struck by traffic.
Do I not care what happens to other humans?