Discussion and Comments
* Reference the BBC screening of Stiff Upper Lip on Tuesday 16 October 2012, when the Ynysowen Male Voice Choir was shown.
Ian Hislop mentioned the increasingly intrusive media which was insisting that we all had a right to share in other people's grief.
My take on this is that we never have the right to be intrusive, unless such an intrusion is a benefit to the other party – saving a person’s life for example.
I am a follower of the Christian faith. By default, we share in other people’s misfortunes – whatever form they take. We don’t have an actual “right” to share in other people’s grief. We share because that’s the way we are configured - it is not a matter of choice.
This is not exclusive to Christians, it can apply to people of other faiths – and atheists. I think what it comes back to in the end is whether a person has sufficient empathy – understanding of another person’s feelings.
* The Aberfan tragedy was terrible – more so because many people had previously voiced their concerns. Parents don’t expect their children to die before them. Had the people died simply “went missing”, that would have been even worse – the relatives wouldn’t know whether they are still alive, or dead. They would be surviving in some kind of ‘limbo’. Many people go missing in the world today for various reasons – leaving relatives without any closure. Thankfully with Aberfan, this did not happen.