I’m not going to wade in to the sanctimonious and artificial solidarity vibrating across the internet today in the wake of these terror attacks. Hell, it’s been just a few weeks since the Oregon shootings which had the socialmediaverse last at this level of amplitude and as I wrote about then and I’ll emphasize again in this post, nothing’s changed, yet we expect a different outcome. In Alcoholic’s Anonymous, they call that the definition of insanity.
Showing solidarity and support is important. I’m not sure masking your Facebook profile with the colors of the French flag exactly qualifies. I’m reading post after post, tweet after tweet from people who I know haven’t even been to France, probably don’t know a French person, and perhaps haven’t even been to Europe. But today, in this brief and ephemeral moment where good will reigns supreme, we’re all in with our French brothers and sisters.
I made four calls to France last night, to people I love and care about. I touched base with a few others on Facebook. I’m so thankful none were caught in the cross fire of this.
There are a couple of things that really piss me off though, and I’m parking for a moment the feelings I have about the terror attack itself.
- As I railed about after the Oregon shooting, here’s the thing: WHAT ARE YOU DOING, NOW, TODAY, TO CHANGE, ADDRESS, LEARN, or OTHERWISE MAKE AN IMPACT to counter the terror? If it’s just your profile photo masking then you can kindly consider yourself to have really phoned it in. And you can prepare yourself for when this happens again because, sadly, that’s not doing a damn thing. Do you know more about ISIL? The Muslim religion? The difference between extremists and just those faith? Where are you placing the energy behind your outrage to make a change for the future?
- I’m tremendously saddened by these events, but I’m equally sad about the many hundred of people killed in terror attacks in the Middle East on a much more frequent basis. Why is there no masking of the profile photos when these things make the news? I hate to tell you, but just making things better for our allies and friends, those that agree with us and share similar ideals will not make things better. As I commented on yesterday, equality isn’t achieved when we uplift one group while restricting the the power of another. For the world to live without terror, everyone must live without terror…but I’m afraid we only worry about the terror of those people who look like us and think like us and that’s a recipe which will continue to result in occurrences like this.
So here we are again…it’s been about a month since Oregon and I’ve not seen a news story or mention of it in about two or three weeks. How long before the color overlay on profiles disappear? How many of us will have taken action to try to break the cycle? Your guess is as good as mine but I have a feeling its a number I could count to easily.