It’s been all over the news this week, but just to catch you up: a three-year-old fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and zoo officials made the call to kill a 400-pound silverback named Harambe, with a rifle shot, to save a boy’s life.
The unfortunate event happened on Saturday, but the story dominated the news throughout the week. If you glanced at your newsfeed, you probably saw stories calling out the parents for negligence, or stories in support of the family; stories about whether zoo officials should’ve used tranquilizers or real ammo; stories calling into question the ethical nature of zoos in general, and the list goes on.
There were even some families who picketed the zoo for choosing to kill a gorilla over the life of a young boy.
It’s been a crazy week, to say the least.
However, during that time, there have been many other large-scale news stories about the sanctity of life that have gone relatively uncovered and ignored.
This tweet by one of our writers, Ed Stetzer, puts it back into perspective.
In 5 days:
-700 refugees drowned off Greece,
-9000 babies were aborted in U.S.,
-68 were shot in Chicago
and a gorilla dominated the news.
— Ed Stetzer (@edstetzer) June 1, 2016
It’s a short, but powerful reminder not to lose focus on the big picture. Sometimes it’s so easy to get tunnel vision on an issue or story and forget that life is still happening all around us.
And sometimes… We need to lift our heads up with a serious dose of reality.