The culture of numbers

A couple weeks ago, I overheard someone say that more teenagers die from texting and driving than gun violence.

The point she went on to make was that the conversation should shift to a bigger problem, indicating that gun violence deaths among teens was blown out of proportion due to the media.

What a shame.

It is a shame that we reduced ourselves to a culture of numbers–where one cause is more important than another because of statistics. And unfortunately, we see this tactic of proliferation all too often.

Where is our humanity? 

The thing is, motor vehicle accidents, suicides and gun violence are the three leading causes of death for teens.

One cause is not more important to solve than the other. Every human being is important.

One death is a tragedy and a million is a catastrophe, not a statistic.