The last couple of days have had Swedish media swamped with reports, comments and news in general about Engla, a ten year old girl who it turned out had been killed by *drumroll* the 42 year old male. Ooo-eee, mysterious enough to require the Twilight Zone theme playing in the background.
Now, before I get started let me do state that it IS a shame what happened and I am in no way against grief taking its course or showing support BUT:
Please, please please stop sending me text messages e-mails and instant messages about lighting a candle for her in my window, putting a flower-emote in my MSN nickname, pass on text messages to everyone I know et.c.
The POINT is, that I do not feel heartbroken over Engla in particular. Do I know her? No, will her parents know if I light a candle? No. Will they see a darn flower emote on my MSN list. No. Will they appreciate if I pester everyone in my cell phone address book by passing on a text message encouraging people to do any of these things. No, all this does is make the media companies and the phone companies happy and let whomever gets fooled by the hyperbole to feel a little bit better about themselves, it's absolutely daft. Just go masturbate instead, it's a less hypocritical form of self gratification. If you really need to feel better about yourself, donate to a cause or do some charity work - at least that has a tangible effect.
Short, brutal and to the point, I'm all ears for comments on this and will address them if they're thought through and valid.