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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Humanity Is Not Only for a Select Few


THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF SCARY STUFF GOING ON IN THE WORLD TODAY. Yesterday, I woke up to a tragic news. Yes, we are outraged with what happened in Paris. While the hashtag #PrayForParis that has been all over the internet punches you right in the gut, stabs you in the heart and etches terror in it, it is comforting to know how much the world cares about this terrible tragedy that happened.

But truth be told, sadly, we have been selective of humanity. While almost everybody supports France by turning their profile pictures on Facebook filtered with the French flag on it, the cries of the people getting trapped and killed in the rubble of their very own homes in Palestine fall on deaf ears. Tragedies like this do not only happen in Paris. Violent deaths happen every day. People die in the most brutal way every day. More than the broken bodies and broken homes, people live with fear, broken dreams and broken lives - even far worse than death - every day. Why do we turn a blind eye on the less developed countries?
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The blood that spew across the streets of Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya and Egypt, is the same blood that scattered across the streets of Paris - from humans. Yet, people stand silent, no hashtags, no flags, and some people are even oblivious about it. Shouldn't we also be outraged and storm the heaven with prayers for the things happening on a daily basis in Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Africa or any part of the world that has been dwelling in the dark? (Not to mention, the Lumad killings right inside our own backyard.)

I condemn the attack in Paris. And it felt disturbing reading about the news yesterday. But I felt even more disturbed seeing the French flag all over Facebook today. Because the way I see it, it only shows how selective we are of the sympathy we give to people. Not that I'm asking you to stop doing or praying for it. By all means, please do. It's just that I feel disappointed, bitter, perhaps hurt, and definitely ethnically inferior knowing that I also live in a third world country. Maybe we can pray for the world and for humanity instead, and not just for Paris.

33 comments:

  1. Right on the gut! Selective humanity at its finest nga.

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  2. Right you are Sarah. Imagine if it happened in our country will they also change their profile pics to Philippines? Will facebook do the same? I bet not. News in the third world are always suppressed by news from western and european countries.

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  3. What's also alarming about this is that some people complain how most people send their sympathies to Paris but allegedly "forget" about the issues that we have here in the Philippines and elsewhere. I mean, we CAN be concerned at many issues at the same time.

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    1. Exactly. Some people are actually just doing it because like what the comment below said, it's trending. A lot of Filipinos are still unaware of the lumad killings, but this one spread like wildfire and everybody seemed to be suddenly concerned and prayerful. I guess, social media and media are also partly to be blamed for those equally tragic issues that have not been addressed to the people.

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  4. People kept mum about Gaza. Demise of the Syrian refugees exploded, but no flags for them. Pinoys are not even aware of the lumad killings. People are just changing their profile pic because it's trending. And that's the a shame.

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  5. I wonder why fb never created a Palestinian, Syrian, Libyan, African flag filter where hundreds die each month.. I condemn Paris attack but I also condemn the hypocrisy of western imperial mindset. Selective humanity it is.

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  6. You are correct but it is easier to relate to Paris. They are closer to us geographically and are more like us. It is easier to put yourself in their shoes and therefore empathise more.

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  7. Very reflective and it's really got me thinking. It saddens me so much that there are so many bad things happening, perhaps it is overwhelming and focusing on one instance helps people to cope and yet show they are thinking of the families and friends of the innocent victims in this world x

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  8. It is true, a funeral was bombed in the middle east and an Earthquake attacked Japan but because these countries are outside of Europe our Eurocentric vision ignores anyone outside of our domain. It is awful what happened in France I had friends who were next to the attacks but thankfully they managed to get home safely!
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  10. You are so right, there is so much going on that sadly is not as much in the public eye and it is heartbreaking knowing that it goes on. But Paris is so very close to us, and many people have visited there, I was there in August. Which I suppose rightly or wrongly makes it more shocking

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  11. There's a hashtag going around at the moment #FuckYourSelectiveEmpathy

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  12. It amazes me that we seem not to report certain things so much, I guess Paris can hit us harder as many of us have been there, we walked those streets and went to those places. But nonetheless no life is worth more than another.

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  13. You have a point here and it has certainly made me think.

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  14. This is a really good post and you definitely have made point. So many things to consider in situations like this.

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  15. I have no words for what is happening - all over the world. I pray for humanity and peace. Kaz x

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  16. I 100% agree with you hun!
    Hurts my heart so much, all I can do is squeeze my son tight and hope & prey things get better.
    I hope I can educate him so that he can be educated in EVERYTHING thats going on all across the corners of the earth not just the west.
    Thanks for posting this
    Charlotte x

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  17. I can't even comprehend what has happened and what the aftermath will bring.

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  18. It amazes me that we only seem to find out certain things however every day awful things are happening in the world. One day I hope that everyone will be at peace.

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  19. Great post Sarah, you made strong points here.

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  20. I have to agree with you. I guess we are so used to atrocities happening in the Middle East, that it passes us by, whereas an indiscriminate act in a European capital, causes the shock factor

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  21. The world is such a scary place at the moment.

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  22. I agree, the world is a scary place at the moment. #PrayForPeace

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  23. Who says the world is fair? Sad, but,true.

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  24. We really have an unfair world to begin with. I pray for everyone who lost their lives and for their family.

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  25. My thoughts as well. This selective humanity is a sad reality we have to see everyday.

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  26. I didn't switch my photo to the one with a France flag because I think it doesn't do anything. Parang karamihan ng gumagawa were just going with the trend, I'm sure not all but many are (sorry not sorry).

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  27. I feel the exact same way. It's a good thing I've successfully avoided Facebook, because it's making me more depressed.

    Can I just say : Your blog is one of the coolest I've ever come across on the internet. So original!!!!

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    1. This comment made my day. Thank you, Alodia! ^_^

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  28. it saddens me that these things happen around the world. it makes me even more sad that helpless children are the ones affected. i hope the next generation will restore the so-called "faith in humanity". when will this stop. :(

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  29. I agree on everything you said Sis. Its really unfair and sad to see how people see the other side of humanity. Para nalang din kasing nakikiuso lang yung iba, but actually they don't really care.
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  30. I was one of the only non french flag in my friend list. I'm sure people thought I was being disrespectful or that I didn't care but there just isn't enough room on my face for every country I'm praying for xxx

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