This is literally liberal disaster porn
I agree. I've been thinking a lot about what Paul Bloom said on the dangers of empathy. Unmitigated empathy--vicariously feeling the emotional state of these people who got the shitty end of a shitty stick--seems like a moral good. It can be a way to marshal motivation or to signal your other-centeredness. But it burns you the fuck out. It blinkers you to things knowable, like the death of an individual you learn the name of, at the expense of things unknown. A thousand deaths is just a statistic, even though objectively a far worse thing than an individual death.