A lot of my Facebook friends have changed their profile pictures to French tricolour as a sign of support after the recent tragic events in Paris. I was amongst them.As a result, my Facebook feed got filled with horrible remarks and hateful messages.
”I’m ‘touched’ to see people who have been partying all weekend pretending to care and using French flag now just to show off”
”Should have said a prayer instead of updating your profile picture”
”Facebook ‘conveniently’ forgot to offer the Russian flag for a profile picture when the plane went down”
”I love how the whole world is mourning about 129 people when there are hundreds of people being killed every day in Syria”
Well, let me tell you what I think. Just because I have chosen to show my solidarity to people who believed to live in a peaceful country and very unexpectedly died or lost their loved ones, doesn’t mean I don’t care about the plane crash that killed 224 people. It doesn’t mean that I don’t feel sorry for thousands of families affected by the war in Syria.
I am lucky to be living in a peaceful and prosperous country, and I can’t even imagine what children in Syria are going through – it must be horrible and unbearable.
I have never been to any Middle-Eastern countries, so I have never felt unsafe when travelling.
But I do go to restaurants, to bars and to gigs, and after the events in Paris I can completely relate to the feeling of fear and uncertainty, the realisation that you might think you are living in the safest place in the world when you couldn’t be more wrong.
This is why I changed my profile picture.
I am glad that people are aware of the world affairs, that they are pushing the media to show the reality and not the fabricated news.
I’m glad to see people getting angry about wars in different countries – this means they truly care and there is hope in humanity.
Focus your anger at terrorists, at the dictators, at the corrupt politicians.
Don’t waste it on moaning about others trying to show solidarity.