Humanity. Always Changing, but Never Different
Often times we as modern human beings take a lot of things for granted. For instance , the technology we can’t live without today, was unfathomable less than a century ago, and yet we still complain when the WiFi is working slow. Those of us living at the forefront of this technological bloom, often times forget that the majority of the globe lies outside of our own periphery. Injustice and cruelty still dwell in all corners of the Earth, with or without our acknowledgement. As people from around the globe adopt these connective technologies, the veil is slowly being lifted on the atrocities which westerners have long been sheltered from. In the bubble which we exist, ideals and a sense of how things ought to be comes easy. While we sit back in our cozy beds, flipping through articles about sports and celebrities, or poking at our screens to get to the next level of a mindless app, the blood of the innocent is being spilled around the globe. This reality is nothing new for humanity, this is how it has been for the majority of our recorded history. The only difference is that now we can turn our heads without fear of consequence, because we have those who have sworn to protect us from all enemies, foreign and domestic. To many, the idea that real, horrible evil could exist in this world has become something of a myth from the days of old, but nothing could be further from the truth.
“We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
The growing accessibility of social media to the rest of the world is giving us a glimpse inside the lives of these people living outside the bubble we know. It is a powerful tool that when harnessed, can be used for more than just live tweeting our favorite TV series. It has helped spark revolutions and movements from those who previously had no voice. The potential power of social media can be seen in places like Libya, Syria and Ukraine. Totalitarian governments do their best to control and censor the things their people can say and see on the internet, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to keep up, much like plugging holes in a dam. The internet has the power to bring to light the darkest secrets for the world to see, because of this I am hopeful that we can eradicate evil and leave truth in its place. Social media and hash tags can only get us so far, evil will not shudder in the face of selfies, but it is a step in the right direction.