Since the Paris terror attacks, I have noticed 8 types of behaviour on Social media:
1. The sudden human rights activists
Those who didn’t even follow closely the news in third world countries and suddenly started becoming human rights activists.
2. The muslim haters
Those who already hated muslim people and decided to call all 1.7 billion muslims in the world “terrorists”
3. The “Pray for the world” people
Those who refuse the “pray for paris” slogan, criticise those who post it, and generalise this one event implying that the Paris deaths are ‘small’ compared to everyone else’s in the world.
Note: No death is small.
4. The migrant haters
Those who decided that all migrants are terrorists.
Note: Those migrants are not on some kind of tourist trip. They are actually running from those same terrorists.
5. Those who mark themselves “safe” when they do not even live in France.
This is not some trend. It was actually made for people in a real life or death situation. People like me.
6. Those who do NOT put the French flag on their profile picture and will spend the rest of the month criticising those who did.
Note: (And post a Facebook status justifying it)
7. Those who will share the links of every existing catastrophy on earth to “prove” somehow that there are many more lives lost outside of Paris.
Note: if your actions are done to create awareness, that’s awesome. But if it is to foster hate and criticism, please don’t. There is enough hate already.
While I consider myself as not being part of any of these groups. I believe in one thing, no lives are small. Yes, there are countless of lives lost in several events in the world every day. I am not belittling them in any way. They are as horrible as the deaths in Paris. So, there is no reason to belittle those who lost their lives in Paris. There is also no reason to put the blame on every muslim for the actions of 0.05% of them. They did not deserve it. They have families, work, they worry about taxes, about what they will cook for dinner and about the safety of their children. They are people. And also, there is nothing wrong in supporting Paris. Supporting Paris does not mean you’re NOT supporting the other countries victim of such catastrophies. Instead of condemning those who support Paris, support those countries you are talking about. Do what you are criticising others for not doing. Do something positive and spray peace. That’s all we need right now. Peace. Not division.