So was watching Dateline last night and Brad Pitt was discussing with Diane Sawyer his trip to Africa. She dutifully listens as he describes the abject poverty of the children he met, how if an American gave just $16 it would pay for a years tuition including books and anything else related to a child’s schooling. She dutifully listened as he described little orphans with Aids staying up late at night to study because what they craved deeper than food was an education.
Yes, she listened very dutifully and nodded at all the right times and then said. “So tell us, I have to ask…. what is the deal with you and Angelina Jolie” he gave her a look and then she continued that “All of America wants to know what happened, why did you and Jennifer Aniston split up?”
And Bradd Pitt said something which I really took to heart, he said something along the lines of “Isn’t that sad? That there are newspapers and magazines filled with me and my relationships, full TV shows devoted to my relationships…. it’s really sad where people’s priorities and interests are.”
She smiled and nodded and then continued “yes, but do you keep in touch with Jenn…”
Yes Brad it really is very sad people will search google for hours looking for your picture or buy a magazine because it says that it has the inside scoop of your relationship woes…. but no one cares, why, no one barely knows of things happening in our world that are so deeply causing the world to bleed.
Just b/c the news isn’t covering Indonesia doesnt mean the people are still in deep pain, just because the media isn’t talking about Abu Ghraib doesn’t mean that it never happened. The attention span and the attention priorities are truly staggering. And ofcourse I know this, but when he said it, and I know he may have just been saying it to deflect attention from himself, but his words were true.
To whom much is given, much is expected of.
That is all of us. That is me. That is you.