According to a Global News story quoting psychology professor Steve Joordans, it’s about two things: 1. The youthfulness of those killed and injured, who’s entire future was snuffed out, making it feel more tragic; and 2. The fact that people all over the world resonate with it because most everyone has a child or friend, or knows someone, who travels on buses for hockey, soccer, or whatever, somewhere in the world.
“When I was playing I got to know the guys probably the best when we were travelling, and it was just a fun time, it was just you and your teammates,” Liam Stewart is quoted as telling Global News. “You spend 90 per cent of the time on there and you get to know the guys. You’re switching around seats, talking smack with all the guys, playing cards, watching movies — you’re spending 12 hours at a time on there and you get to know the guys, he added.”
I even identify with that. Do you?It does raise a question, though. What about all the other innocent people, youth in particular, who are killed in highway crashes or other accidents, whose stories never get out there, and who don’t have a world to empathize with them?Should someone set up a Gofundme campaign for those who don’t get the publicity the Humboldt Broncos did?