The Dissonant Truth: Trayvon Martin is Us

Dissonance: Bitter sweet notes of great discord.

We’ve been thinking a great deal this week about really why the media has decided that the Trayvon Martin case is so intriguing. Ratings, of course, but dissonance, we think is the real answer. Incongruity. That which causes people to feel the direct opposite of good, that creates a jarring revelation, like nails on a chalkboard, and it rivets our attention. It is the moment we hope will bring something we’ve never seen. But why do we crave the stories that show us the worst of ourselves, or break our hearts the most?

Is it because we’ve become so desensitized to our worst natures that we watch; or is it we are beginning to wake up as human beings to the difference between what is right and wrong, and we’re paying closer attention to the edge when we see it? The bottom line: a young man lost his life and countless other’s lives will have been changed forever. What can we learn? How can we change things so it never happens again?

This week’s BIG Questionanswer it on our Fanpage on Facebook: Is there anything we can learn how to do better as human beings through the terrible tragedy of the Trayvon Martin case?