What isn’t incessantly beheld before an audience of captivated sets of eyes–that which quickly seeps into the sub-conscience like a Sharpie to tissue paper–is readily forgotten; it becomes obsolete.
Attention Deficit Disorder doesn’t only render the SAT-taker distracted, but also holds a firm grasp around the attention spans of the mainstream media and news cycle.
It is our tendency as humans, as readers, as the keepers of our times to become infatuated–obsessed, even–with a touching or tragic story, and devote our quotidian discussions, bake sales, Facebook statuses, and trendy t-shirts to it. And then–in the same hasty manner in which we picked it up–we drop it.
Reader, meet Headline ADD–and his latest victim, Haiti.
Cholera has broken out in masses in cities surrounding Port au Prince and is quickly spreading to the capital city’s delicate population. Cholera is highly preventable and easily treatable within the first few hours of contamination. Haitians won’t listen to officials’ requests for them to stop drinking the water in their refugee camps–unless there is an alternative water source.
J/P HRO–the Haiti relief organization–is one agency leading the endeavor to bring clean water to Haiti. If you have the means, please help suppress Headline ADD and bring clean water to an area of the world which is very much in need here.
We are very privileged. The people who linger around Port au Prince are not. Let’s bring them clean water.