We are having a nice evening with friends when Matthew receives a news update on his phone about terrorist attacks in Paris. We turn on the TV and find out the extent of the attack, and we get that horrible helpless feeling of not being able to do anything about where this world is going.
Shortly after I start getting messages on Facebook, telling me that some of my Facebook friends living in Paris have been marked as safe. That’s a new feature I haven’t seen before, and the following day my feed is full of peoples’ profile pictures in the colours of the French flag and “Pray for Paris” messages. Facebook has made it very easy for you to show your support for France and the people of Paris.
It’s nice to see that so many of my friends on Facebook want to show their support, but I won’t be trying this feature. Not because I don’t think the Paris attacks were a horrendous tragedy or want to express my sympathy for the victims, but because similar attacks happen all over the world on a monthly basis without much support being shown on social media and other places.
The day before the Paris attacks suicide bombings took place in Beirut, leaving 43 dead and 239 wounded. A couple of weeks ago 224 people, including 17 children, died when a Russian plane crashed. Not to mention the ongoing devastating situation in Syria. Why aren’t there profile pictures with Lebanese, Russian or Syrian flags on Facebook?
Yes, naturally France is closer to most of us here and will hit home a lot more than an attack in the Far East, and we need to stand united against terrorism – but why do I feel like whenever the Western world is under attack the media goes crazy, people wake up and countries around the world show their support publicly? Like we’re more important and deserve a profile flag more.
This is a global attack and we need to pray for the whole world.
x Nina x