From KENT NEWS:
Dr Rowan Williams said people had become fearful of the "nasty questioning moments" of life, and had become too willing to ignore the suffering of others. He used an analogy of a recent trip to India to help illustrate his point, describing how he became desensitised to beggars in the street.
He said: "The first couple of days I was there I was deeply upset by the numbers of beggars in the street. After about two weeks I realised I had stopped noticing. ‘Oh,’ I thought. ‘Another beggar. I realised with some shock how very easy it is to stop seeing other people’s needs and other people’s poverty and other people’s suffering, just because it’s so easy.
"It’s the default setting."
COMMENT: Well, it certainly appears to be.