Personal, Thoughts

What kind of tragedy deserves more sympathy?

Should there be a scale for tragedies, that we pay more attention to those events higher on the scale, ignoring those at the bottom?

I used to believe that people should help people first, not animals or the planet. So to me, NGOs dealing with animal welfare, environment or anything that does not directly improve the welfare of the human life are a waste of time.

Then I realized something.

Some care about people, some care about animals and some care about environment. We are different.

But we all fit.

The world is filled with different people and it’s like we’re different pieces of jigsaw puzzle. We can’t be more different but we cannot do without each other because the big picture can only happen when this different pieces come together. It is stupid to think one piece of puzzle is more important than the other.

So yea, neither is Boston or Pakistan is more tragic than the other, more deserving of attention or sympathy. In fact, don’t measure them on the same scale.


Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.


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