The shooting yesterday brought to my attention (for about the hundredth time), just how isolated Americans (and honestly, possibly most of the western world, depending on the country and culture) are. Because, while 20 children were murdered in Ct (which was absolutely horrible, of course), 22 Chinese elementary school students were stabbed the very same day in China (also absolutely horrible). Moreover, some 20+ children were stabbed to death during a killing spree in 2010 in China, and I honestly never would've heard of either event if not for a random tweet I happened upon yesterday. There's rarely, if any, news coverage about tragedies or events anywhere outside of America (or the Middle East, because that always makes for interesting news, apparently). This latent example of xenophobia was even further made evident today, when I happened upon an article talking about Mao Tse Tung being the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century - killing 4-5 times as many people as Hitler (Mao killed an estimated 49 million people between 1949-1969). But, again, ask any American who the most evil person ever is, and Hitler is all you'll ever hear. Or maybe Stalin. Or Osama Bin Laden. Or something like that. Admittedly, some of this ignorance may spring from China's own isolationist habits and beliefs, but the news is out there, the information is available, and it's very often ignored or passed by. Why is this? Do you think it's okay? Is it just a matter of things that happen in close proximity meaning more, or is it something that's really a flaw in our cultural and intellectual make up? Should it be something that should be changed?