For some time Facebook seemed like a good idea, but now I see it as it is: a place where people only want to see the good side of things. Think of all the photos you have liked of your friends who were gone on trips in the mountains or in a classy European capital and across the oceans; photos with their new car or bike, their new love partner, their dogs and cats, their graduation photos, with flowers and sunshine and rainbows… and themselves again.
But what about other things? What about the posts that no one wants to see?
I sometimes share photos or pages that don’t necessarily appeal to the pathological Facebook user, posts that are outside their comfort zone – for example, my latest share was Lisa Kristine’s photos of modern slavery in Nepal and Ghana. Based on the number of likes it got I can safely assume people either don’t want to be associated with reading such grizzly things and therefore considered a weakling or for them ignorance is bliss. When did being conscious about the horrors of the world we live in become a weakness?
This is a reality I encounter both in the virtual environment and everyday life. Most people don’t want to discuss politics, religion, the fact that billions of people live in poverty or acknowledge the sad truth that our oceans are filled with garbage. Yes, my dear friend, right now millions of people and animals alike suffer somewhere in this world, someone goes to bed without having eaten dinner, some woman cries for the sons and daughters she lost to war, and the list can go on and on. But people don’t want to know these things – they’re no reason to smile after all. I have been called an ‘activist’ but I do not see myself that way because compassion and kindness are not a crime or something to be ashamed of, but ignorance is and always will be.
I do care about the people and animals that suffer somewhere out there, day and night. I do not have the power to help them right now, not the way I want to, but I will succeed someday. For now I am just a voice lifting the veil off the beautiful beings that lie under it. As global citizens we have a moral obligation to help those in need, even if that means only learning about their pain.