It gets their attention. It makes it relevant and it makes an impact.
But today as I was frantically reading through the news on line and watching CNN International, I looked at James, and said "for all the years I've studied the Caucasus, and as much as I love this region, watching this is like the worst case scenario come to life."
He nodded solemnly and said "yeah. . . it really sucks."
Or as I said to my mother, it reminds me of watching the 9/11 attacks, but no one else really aware of why this is so tragic.
Perhaps I'm over dramatizing. It would be nice to know I am.