It’s been nine months since I wrote a blog post here. And I haven’t missed it. Not one bit. Granted there has been times I’ve read something and then couldn’t express my response to what I read in 140 characters. I’d briefly think about writing a blog post and then the thought would be quickly whisked away. I didn’t want to get on that blogging train again for a host of reasons.
But the images unfolding on social and on the TV with the senseless killing adults are putting children through in Syria and Gaza, made me write this blog post.
140 characters just does not cut it.
I maintain the Twitter profile @blog4socialgood.
I started it a few years ago as a place to basically share information about social good. A place for bloggers (Australian mainly) and not for profits to connect and find out about awareness days. fundraising and any social justice and social good news.
It’s moved away from this now. Partly because I don’t blog anymore and am no longer as connected with the Australian blogging community as I once was.
For the last two weeks I’ve been largely sharing messages on the senseless killing of children in Gaza (not to mention Syria which is happening right now also).
This isn’t about taking sides.
This is just the stupid, awful, horrific killing of babies, toddlers and teenagers by adults.
It keeps going on and on.
I’ve had to stop searching on Twitter using – #Gaza + #children - as I couldn’t face what I saw. Coward, I know.
Some of the images will never leave me. You don’t see them on TV. Deemed too graphic I think. In bad taste. But they are there on Twitter. If you go looking.
I can’t even begin to imagine the pain of a parent to see their child captured in an image forever on Twitter and on the Internet. Not smiling, not waving at the camera but covered in blood, maimed. Dead.
I saw a tweet that captured what I felt. I didn’t feel so bad then. It wasn’t just me.
One of the scariest thing to do on the internet is google images for children in Gaza – looking for some, i saw things i will never forget.. — Premio Luchetta (@premioluchetta) July 30, 2014
As a mum of three young children it makes me sick to the stomach to see kids – of any religion, ethnicity, caste or creed suffer the ultimate price because adults can’t see beyond their narrow mindedness and power games. Can’t we see that as humans each of us has maybe 80, if we are lucky 90 years on this planet. In the life of the planet that is NOT a long time in the scheme of things and instead of doing the best that we can with our life instead some adults think its ok to take away the lives of kids without care or thought. Wrong place. Wrong time.
We all keep reading about the power of “content marketing” and the rise of “storytelling” and bloggers and their social influence.
I keep thinking lately where is all the power of this social influence when you need it?
How can we all be part of the solution not just the spectators?
Personally I feel overwhelmed by it all. Overwhelmed about how I can make a difference. Putting a tweet up and then hoping some random follower sees it and feels connected enough to “share” it. What does that really achieve? Most days I think not much. Some days I think maybe something. I’ve really no idea.
I keep imagining what would happen if all the worlds journalists like Channel 4 news anchor Jon Snow, media and bloggers put their collective social influence together for one day. Just one day.
Just one day to say over and over again one simple message.
Children don’t start wars. They can’t end them.
Stop the Killing.Now.