Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Unbearable Easiness of it All

Punditry, especially social media punditry, is easy. It is easy to say:

1. I told you so. They are reaping what they have sowed.
2. They are all evil and should never have been given refuge.
3. Pray for the victims.
4. I am outraged.
5. We should fight against all religions.
6. They were escaping that same shit that followed them here.
7. I stand with France. And look at my new profile picture.
8. You care about it now because white people are dead? Where have you been while non-whites were dying?
9. Radical Islam is the enemy and we should treat it as such.
10. Of course you would think that, you racist!

And the list goes on and on and on and on and on. They are all easy to say, easy to share, and easy to hashtag.

The only ones who are facing any difficulty, and this is real difficulty, are the people who lost family members, friends, and lovers. The whole world can stamp our feet in unison or sing "We will Overcome" in perfect harmony and it will not take one iota of pain away from them.

To those who are suffering -- really suffering, the rest of us are nothing more than infuriating sources of noise pollution.

But what can we do but talk and make noise? The world is for the living, after all. And yeterday's tragedy is always forgotten and/or exploited if that is what needs to be done to win tomorrow's election.

I did not lose any friends or family members in the Paris attacks. So I am not grieving a loss or thirsting for blood. I am quite dispassionate about it all. Thank God.

What I am upset over is that the whole thing is just so fucking easy.

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