Thursday, July 29, 2004

We Recover Better Than You Do

The Spanish Society for the Study of Anxiety and Stress (Sociedad Española para el Estudio de la Ansiedad y el Estrés, or SEAS, their moving gif logo just gives me stress by looking at it!) has performed a study into the post-traumatic stress disorder among Madrileños affected by the March 11 terrorist attacks.

Spanish newspaper ABC felt the need to lead their article on it as follows:

"Madrileños Better Handled 3/11 than New Yorkers Handled 9/11"
That's just sick. Rude.

Look, I think it's very important these type of studies are done, to better help and assist victims, their families and the wider population in the very difficult process of recovery after loss, or dealing with the senselesness of terrorism. And I understand that from an academic perspective, there is a desire to compare data, to proof one's own or look for differences.

But if reporters start making headlines like this, it just shows how stupid people can be. Like it's a competition, like this somehow proves Spaniards are tougher.

It just makes people think they're trying to make up for the collective cowardness they've shown since March 11.