I've been thinking a lot the past few days about the two DJ's involved in the 'prank' that went so tragically wrong last week. Actually, I was thinking more about what I was like when young and eager. When I 'had the world by the balls' -- so to speak...
The case of the two DJs from Australia is so graphic -- so sure were they of their success and future careers one moment and so broken the next. I can remember having that intoxicating feeling that nothing could or would ever stand in the way of my success in whatever endeavour I was exploring at the time.
So I do identify with their youth and to some extent the quandary in which they find themselves. The problem is we can so easily forget when we are young that the universe does not revolve around us -- that there are other people in the equations of our lives.
In their interview I was touched by their obvious chagrin and despair. But I was also surprised by the seeming lack of understanding about the cause of their predicament. Prank telephone calls made thousands of miles away to people you don't know about information that is none of your business. Did it not occur to anyone that the people on the other end of the phone could lose their jobs -- or receive severe reprimands?
The story is now already 'yesterday's news'. But the ramifications are no less severe for the people whose lives are irreversibly changed. Which is another indictment of our society's capacity to indulge in the salacious, the embarrassing with eagerness, greedily soaking up the information, reacting and then becoming bored with the nitty-gritty of detail. And in the meantime, lives are shattered and hearts are broken.