I came across a story on CNN a little while ago. It is apparently old news, but I had never heard this. As I began to read the first paragraph, I began to cry:

In the windowless front rooms of a former day care center in a tiny Texas community, children as young as 5 were fed powerful painkillers they knew as “silly pills” and forced to perform sex shows for a crowd of adults.

How horrific, and disgusting this is. I began talking to a good friend on IM about the story. I pasted that paragraph, and this is the ensuing conversation:

JalenJade: of course..
JalenJade: can’t say I’m surprised
Kat: no, me neither. but it’s still horrible
Kat: how sad is it that we’re NOT surprised by it?
JalenJade: very sad..
JalenJade: shows what our faith in humanity is

That short convo made me even more upset. It’s true that what I read is awful, but I wasn’t “shocked” by it like I would have been just a few years ago. It sickens me to realize that I wasn’t surprised at all by this news. What does it say for our society that we have come to accept that things like this happen on a daily basis, despite how wrong or bad we may feel these events are?

Are we truly desensitized to the point that things like this are accepted as “the norm”?? I’m not saying that we should think they’re no big deal, or “ok”. I’m simply saying that we’re so used to it… it no longer shocks us. Maybe I’m getting old and sentimental, but that makes me far sadder than any news I read.