|Boston Marathon, via The Washington Times|
And just like with the Moby concert, I sat as an observer and wondered what it would be like to be one of those people so deeply affected by what they observed... Could I leave my detached perspective and enter into the experience, feeling the waves of empathy that affected everyone so deeply?
When I wondered if I could even enter into the roles of what I was witnessing, I immediately failed... unless, of course, I entered spontaneously--and perhaps unwittingly--into the role of an observer.
It's a "technique" that--in my experience--has served me well.
Are people defective for being detached? Is an "observer" necessarily passive? Does being an observer not actually affect the outcome of a situation? Where do we draw the line? What are your thoughts?