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Are You Already Done Caring About The Attacks In Paris?

By December 29, 2015 0

Let me guess, your profile pic is no longer tinted with the French Flag?

Have you ever noticed how social issues sweep through social media like hurricanes, then disappear as quickly as they came?

We live in a generation of short attention spans. We temporarily throw ourselves into complete overdrive activism mode, then quickly fade into subconscious apathy as soon as the next big issue comes storming through our feeds.

I call this apathy “subconscious” because we don’t even realize that we don’t care anymore. If someone asked us if we still cared of course we’d say yes because, in a way, we do care, just not actively. We care enough to have an opinion, but not enough to commit to the cause long-term.

This short-term activism is problematic because we think that we’ve solved all these social issues that we blogged about, or posted on Facebook, but the truth is we haven’t even come close to cracking the surface.

Now please understand that I’m not just bitching, and I’m certainly not pretending that I’m not a part of the problem. I want to be completely clear that I’m not just writing this article to label our generation as a bunch of lazy, self-serving hypocrites (if you are looking for an article like that it shouldn’t be hard, there are thousands). I’m writing this because I think it’s one of the core problems that hinder our country’s social progress, and I want to begin a conversation about it. I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t know how to solve this issue, but I do know that the first step to solving anything is addressing the problem.

I want to start a conversation because although it might not be me, someone out there has an answer that our generation desperately needs.