I watched a film called "12 Years a Slave" the other night, it was about a man who was captured and made a slave. As the film drew to a close it made me think of all the horrors that happened during slavery. That during the hundreds of years that these people were made slaves, that all the deaths, all the suffering, the misery and pain that happened; all of this year after year, person after person - million in fact and for centuries has been reduced to a blurb in our minds.
Slavery in the US is not the only example. Any attrocity anywhere has been reduced to perhaps mere paragraphs. All those people, all that evil compressed and reduced to almost nothing. It seems sad that this happens, but can it really be helped? I once heard someone comment that a single death is a tragedy, but a million is a statistic - how unfortunately true.