People who have grown up with sirens, but have never witnessed a tragedy are desensitized. People who have suffered trauma related to this 50-plus year conflict are hypersensitive. I don't feel like I belong to this scene, or that I am entitled to a marked reaction. I try to be stoic and inconspicuous.
I don't believe it's possible to be exposed to violence -- televised or otherwise -- and to not be affected. While researchers continue to debate the issue, a look around at our communities and nation more than illustrates the profound and perverse impact of a culture that consumes, showcases and even glamorizes violence.