“I will never attend an anti-war rally. If you have a peace rally, invite me.”- Mother Teresa.
Today I was brainstorming ideas for my next post when a video caught my attention. The person started off by saying that if you are compassionate enough, ‘like’ and ‘share’ the video. Then he went on to show live bomb blasts, victims of violence, children crying and so on. That made me decide to write on the topic of violence and social media today.
By circulating such photos and videos in the all-powerful social media, aren’t we spreading the fear and contempt? Which is exactly what they want? To terrorise the common man? Terrorism is a twisted ideal held by certain individuals who live for nothing more than to instil fear in others. By watching and sharing such content, we are inadvertently helping them achieve their goals. We are not helping the victims in any way. We feel sad and talk about it for a day or two, then forget until the next incident happens.
So what do we do? Why not do the exact opposite? Spread love and kindness through the same social media and leave the coverage to the news channels, which they do in an unbiased manner (minus the drama), hopefully. When we come across such videos, we should just stop watching, and make it a point not to share. Instead, look for something that shows acts of empathy and compassion and share that.
This is the least we can do to stop and also replace every content on violence with one on love and humanity, one that embraces mankind across all cultures and religions. Let us cultivate tolerance and acceptance among the future generation, in particular, and educate them to use social media in a responsible manner.
The law of attraction is giving you what you are thinking and talking about – period! If we keep thinking about what we don’t want, it will show up again and again. Let’s defeat the purpose of terrorism by spreading peace and hope. Just one small effort from each one of us can snowball into a big “peace movement”. Let’s start today.
If you want further motivation, watch:
I think I’ve done my part today. What about you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below: