"The entire exchange is, in retrospect, dark and utterly nauseating, with both aptly named press secretary Larry Speakes and a seemingly significant chunk of the White House press corps treating AIDS as a hilarious joke."
Eric March takes the story a step further by generalizing that:
"Too often, when tragedy strikes, we prefer to see it as someone else's problem."March even adds the following instances:
The case of climate change is made even more concrete by the following story from McClatchyDC:
Before we start caring, we need to know first. That is why it is very important to listen. My children do not go to schools in the Philippines but I take time to listen. And I think it is worth your time to listen to what this mother and president of the Manila Science High School General Parents Teachers Association, Dolly Brillantes, has to say.
About 2 million students are about to be directly affected by the newly mandated senior high school in the Philippines. Of these 2 million, only about half can be accommodated by existing public schools. To address the gap, the government is providing vouchers that will cover part of the tuition in private schools. Nonetheless, the added years of high school with its additional expenses would likely force children especially from poor families to drop out of school.
"It doesn't affect me, but I still care...."