People who know me and accuse me of flooding their facebook newsfeed will chuckle at this title, but it’s true. I don’t share everything (believe it or not!). I’m actually quite selective.
I’ve been online for more years than I’d care to acknowledge, and been fully active on forums, blogs, and social media.
This year, when the bomb attack hit Ashrafieh, it was too close to home. People I know and care about very much were a few minutes away, but I chose not to share the brutal images which surfaced online. Rather, I went about my “online” life…and ended up being the odd one out in the endless stream of images flooding our newsfeed.
It wasn’t because I believe this would make me “different” but it’s because this sort of online activism has turned many of us into sharing zombies…clicking on the share button with a sort of senseless need to spread, without evaluating the purpose behind that click.
I have made up my mind. I will not share unless there is a call to action. Sharing a photo of the Ashrafieh bomb would just shock, sadden, and maybe enrage my facebook friends. SO? WHAT GOOD WOULD THAT DO? No really…
But sharing a link where people can volunteer to help rebuild would also spread the original message (Yes, a bomb in Ashrafieh! Newsflash), but there’s also a purpose. Something people can do to make a difference following that horrible act.
Nowadays, the story is different, but the purpose is the same. A lovely, young, indian girl was brutally raped by a gang of weak men who considered it their god-given right to enforce their willpower on someone they could control. Result: SHE DIED.
Rather than spread a horrible photo which can then be shared, I want to do something different. I want to share something written by Gibran Khalil Gibran on Justice and our role in such trying times.
Khalil Gibran : The Prophet / On Crime and Punishment
Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world.
But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,
So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.
And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree,
So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all.
Don’t look too far away for the answers… such crimes happen because we need to care. We need to be involved. Not only for a few days and click away our guilt…but for the long term. Where it truly matters.