Don’t Freak Out About the Gorilla in the Zoo. Freak Out About the Ones Disappearing From the Wild. – Slate Magazine

But if the online outrage so far is any indication—or, in case we’ve forgotten, the weeks of full-volume rebellion that followed the shooting of Cecil the lion last summer—we won’t. As human beings, we are primed to confront issues on the individual scale, not on the population scale. It’s comforting, because as individuals ourselves, it makes us feel like we matter. But it’s not how nature works. Nature is, by our standards, cruel in how little it cares about individuals. This is hard for us to grasp, so when we see something that our brains register as tragic, like the preventable death of one beloved gorilla, we freak out.

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