Paint your profile picture in tricolor. And learn from what have happened.
Last Friday the attack in France sees 127 people killed with millions of people show their supports on social media. Two days before that the attack in Beirut sees 40 people killed without almost zero mentions on social media until the attack in Paris took place and people start comparing the two incidents.
Not only that. Over the weekend there are more than two major incidents took place. In Japan an earthquake magnitude of 7.0 triggered a small tsunami on south-western coast. In South Korea 80,000 people, mostly labour and farmers, protest against the policies of President Park Geun-hye on her policies.
Many have happened in the world but it seems only the Paris Attack dominated the pages. The “Safe Button” from Facebook probably is the strongest evidence showing such domination. Of all that happened over world only people who related to Paris get to have the button… and the application to paint your profile picture tricolor as well.
It’s just too much prejudice for many people and they started to complain. And those who paint their faces tricolor started to feel guilty of what supposed to be their good deeds, their good intentions to show supports to France.
Truth is that without #ParisAttacks no one will ever mention about Beirut on Facebook. Even a lot of those who complains about not enough supports shown for Beirut, will not say anything about Beirut without the attack on Paris on the same day. It’s just a brutal truth in the world we live in.
When people paint their faces tricolor. It doesn’t mean they only show their support to French. It’s also their statement against the terrorism act in Paris, the similar act that took place in Beirut. It’s the way to show their solidarity and stand point against the terrorism anywhere in the world including their hometown. Showing support in one place doesn’t mean we care less about another.
Change your profile picture and show your support to France. Don’t feel bad when people says you don’t do anything for Beirut. It should never be a bad thing to show your support for someone, or in this case a country. But make sure you don’t stop there. Learn from what happened. Also aware of what happened in Beirut, Seoul, Kagoshima and anywhere else around the world.
Paint your face in tricolor and open the lid to knowledge and information. Discuss with people around with what happened. And if possible try to think of solutions or what you can do to contribute to the mad world we are living in.
It should never be a bad thing to show your support for someone else and make sure you don’t stop just there.