Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts. – E. B. White
Let me write this up before the memory of the disaster of terror becomes a faded memory we recall only to fuel another conversation to prove a point. So in the last week, so much has happened from people being killed in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad to others standing up for those affected. Not everyone was vocal on how they felt about what happened, but some changed their FB pictures with the France flag, posted condolences, some hashtagged “#PrayforParis”, others tweeted about it.
Now this post isn’t about what happened in these places or why they happened or who did it. These are things that you see on the 6’o Clock News. To be clear, it is sad, troubling and disturbing on what happened. But now I want to talk to the people who were hating on the people who put up these posts, tweets, hashtags or anything else related to these attacks.
Yes, people on social media were mainly talking about Paris and not much on the other attacks, I know you might find this sad and decided to vocalize this out on social media. Yes, freedom of speech and all that is a great privilege you have. Use it wisely. The hate that you should have thrown to those who did these horrific attacks you placed it on the people who stood for something. It is true that many people might not have known the reason behind the change in the DP but did it regardless while there were those who stood up for a cause. Now whether it is a DP with the French flag or Lebanese flag it doesn’t matter, what matters is that they stood for something that mattered to them regardless of why they did it or when they did it.
If the world starts taking notice of one incident in one place, then they unite together towards something better and greater than what could have been achieved individually by a country. Think it this way, a win for a women’s rights activist in Germany is a win for a women’s rights activist in India or the UK. This does not to undermine or devalue all the fights that have been won in India or UK during the same time.
Why do we have to nit-pick and take offence on everything someone else does? Is there a particular satisfaction we receive in letting the world know that someone is wrong? I don’t know. Live and Let Live. There is a saying “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything”. But I feel it should have continued to say “If you do stand for anything, people are waiting to kill you for everything”. So before you post about how much you hate the hashtag, the post or DP someone put up; remember that you don’t have to agree with someone’s opinion, but you must learn to respect it.
If what we believe can’t be said without insulting or hurting someone else, it is time to question what you believe. Always remember “Make Love not War, condoms are always cheaper”. Thanks for reading! If you liked it, do leave a comment. Cheers!!