Whenever I see this GIFset on my dash, I know it’s a bad day. But I’m glad to remind myself that I feel this way on days like today.
I reblogged this before after the Boston Marathon Bombing. Earlier today, a violent and public murder occurred on the streets of Woolwich. The nature of the attack itself makes my heart sink, but it’s what follows that makes me have a crisis of faith.
First, there’s that desperate need for information, which we devour whether it turns out to be true or not. The internet has become the shinier version of Chinese Whispers, where what was originally said gets twisted and changed as it passes from web page to web page.
Then comes the blame. I don’t know enough to comment on who the attackers were or what their motives were. But I see other people have no problem to type away not just who they think is to blame, but go on to blame people who have nothing to do with the attack.
The race card has been played very cruelly on this topic. A friend of mine was verbally abused on tumblr for just being the same race as the attackers (allegedly. Again, I’m not sure what race or religion the attackers were a part of). But this tumblr poster had no excuse or right to say what they said to my friend.
So the above gif. Every time people attack each other in this way, it makes it harder for me to believe that humanity is good. I just hear too much bad news all the time. That might be the fault of the media, but either way, people do do these things, and I can never comprehend why. Whenever something like this happens, my instant thoughts tend to be: “Woah. People do SUCK!”
But then I think about it a bit more, and I try to make myself believe that’s not the case. Yes, some people are terrible and broken, but to me, broken implies that there is just something to be fixed. I think in the end, good always pulls through. If you ever think to yourself that life is full of shitty people, give a person a chocolate bar (or something), watch the smile on their face and prove life wrong.
Wow, just realised this is the longest tumblr post I’ve ever done. In short, I do agree with the above gif. Moments like today do make me forget it sometimes, but like all beliefs, it’s hard to shake.
And Party On, Dudes….