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  April 20, 2019

Emotional Gesture

We get the symbol divorced of an explanation when the roadside cross marks a fatal accident of a loved one.

Were they killed by a drunk driver? Or were they the drunk who passed out and smashed into a tree or wall? Or some other crazy roadside mistake resulting in their death?

We might suspect something foolish occurred. Though friends and family surely grieve, the action of the deceased might have been ridiculous and resulted in an event with an obvious antecedent.

But when we only see the roadside cross, we are manipulated to believe an innocent victim through no fault of their own was horribly assaulted, as if that is the normal state of the world. Perhaps they did it to themselves, as is typical, in which case it is hardly a tragedy.

We are stripped of a story, suggesting they are obscuring context and a pathetic truth with dramatic gesturing.


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