All of us have grown weary of the steady diet of dreadful news that saturates radio and television broadcasts, newspaper headlines, and social media alerts: terrorist bombings, mass shootings, gang violence, urban riots. The list seems painfully unending. Yet most of us somehow march through our days with a remarkable sense of normalcy and nonchalance, albeit perhaps with at least a hum of anxiety about when the next shoe will drop. For many, making sense of this stark juxtaposition – the ever-present awareness of international and national horror that sits alongside our relatively prosaic lives – poses an existential challenge, which is certainly the case for Noel Rubinton.
Noel Rubinton, a Brown University graduate, is a Providence-based writer and communications consultant.