My news feed is filled with Gaza related statuses and most of my native buddies have replaced their pouty-faced profile pictures with others that show support for Gaza. These trends, these freaking trends. They always start as being okay at first, but sooner or later turn into leeches that suck my blood whenever I see them.This is definitely the sooner case.
Since it is the hot new topic these days, I decided to get my facts right. From what I have read, the situation arose over hurdles, similar to the ones Pakistan faced, immediately after gaining independence from India. Like rights to water resources, just like we had to face, since a part of the river was in India. There is dispute over border territory, just like ours. They fight over Jerusalem. We fight over Kashmir. It’s all pretty much the same with the only difference being we haven’t gone to war with India. Yet.
I think whatever is going on in Gaza is brutal, devastating and makes me question existence of humanity. What is even more remarkable, is the Pakistani reaction to it. I hear people express their sorrow over this grave matter..through their social media sites. That’s it. The sympathy ends there. Then they Like and LOL their way through the rest of the news feed.
Okay, fine. I don’t expect my friends in Pakistan to actually cry or go on huger strike because twenty thousand miles away their brothers are dying. It’s impossible, specially in this era. But to hear them ( or their statuses) pray for Gaza while they have never expressed a single cry for what’s going on in Pakistan, drives me nuts. People die every day in Pakistan and there are numerous causes: bomb blats, target killing, robbery, poverty and the list goes on. If you’re not sympathetic towards your own homeland, chances are you are as fake as your sympathy-status.
And trends, I would really like to discuss that. Why is there a need to express every social or otherwise change through Facebook? Instead of actually doing something about it? Some of us are trying to show support for Gaza through their statuses but I know many who are just doing it because everyone is. They don’t want to be labelled “cold” or “not humane” do they? While millions of humans are being brutally killed in Gaza, you change your profile pictures and upload emotional statuses about the cause.
Next time you get kidnapped, I’ll just change my profile picture that says “kidnapping is the worst” and put up an emotional status of how much I miss you.
In today’s world, change means coming up with new hashtags and statuses or pictures on face book wall. But I wouldn’t expect them to do anything more. They see crime everyday in their own homeland but refuse to do/say anything about it. Hell, I think they have gotten immune to it by now. They tell me Pakistan is hopeless. They say it’s crumbling into pieces and it’s this way because of it’s people. But who are these people exactly? Me and them, no?
I am not against the idea of using social media to express support. It’s is increasingly being used to show opinions regarding everything( and it should be this way- Facebook urges you to say What’s on your mind?). But I think you can’t be ignorant of your country’s situation and be so considerate of an other.
You’re either a humanitarian. Or you’re not. Period.
What social trends bug you? Do you know people who post things on Face book just because everyone’s doing it? Am I being neurotic?