I’m so sick of this.
- Some tragedy occurs in a community and it elevated to a nation story.
- We collectively pain over the situation, look to for ways to help/cope/share.
- A “#Pray For ___ ” hashtag starts to trend.
- Rinse. Repeat.
Our collective struggle isn’t based in some sort of false sympathy or misplaced compassion. It is so genuine, and so real. I’m not disputing it at all.
It just doesn’t make a damn bit of difference.
I’m sorry to be “that guy” saying it this way, but here’s the sorry sad truth: Nothing is changing, in fact it is getting worse and worse.
Vox shared a startling article that has a title that should make you sit up – “Guns Killed More Americans in 12 Years than AIDS, War, and Illegal Drug Overdoses Combined”
We have talked about this before, and judging by our standards we will be talking about this again (and again, and again). But perhaps in the interim, allow me to suggest one small move to what I believe in a core value for me and my consulting: “GET ACTION.”
Let’s move away from the “#Pray For ____” hashtag, and move into the “#Action For ___” hashtag.
It’s a small thing, but if our national attention is indeed more and more landing on social media and hashtags to share, then maybe we can start getting our sympathy to move slowly into action. Action we can take. Action our political leaders MUST take.
I’m so sick of this cycle of words and no action. We have seen shootings all over this country, including against CHILDREN and now at a facility that supports Americans with DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. East Coast, West Coast. Conservative leaning victims, Democratic leaning victims. All of us. ALL. OF. US.
The power of social media is amazing, and its reach is something to be utilized and capitalized on especially at times when our nation needs to heal..or at least talk about ways to heal. But if we stop there, then we have done nothing but made ourselves a false sense of action (“I did something. I share that hashtag to my followers/friends.”)
Nope. Not enough.
Let’s encourage greater debate. Let’s demand more than talking points and poll-tested non-answer answers from politicians. Let’s move from PRAYERS and move toward ACTION. Let’s start NOW.