hmmm, thanks for posting something about this Maha. I have been thinking about the incident privately but haven’t acknowledged it publicly because I don’t know quite what to make of it all. I saw a post from someone with similar sentiments on the seeming imbalance of the media coverage on this story vs others, where many more lives are regularly lost. I think there’s truth in that, but it’s also a bit simplistic too as the thing which people tend to fear from this event is the takeover of ‘free’, western democracy by potentially unstoppable terror and violence; the beginning of end of life as we know it. Not merely the number of deaths recorded. It’s an interesting point you make about empathy – I do think it’s definitely the reason why we pay attention and fear these situations, when they occur – because they’re unexpected yes, but also because the victims remind us of ourselves.