CARING ABOUT [INSERT CURRENT EVENT] DOESN’T MEAN I DON’T CARE ABOUT [INSERT WORLD PROBLEM]
July 30, 2015
#CecilTheLion. #CharlestonShooting. #SandraBland #SayHerName. #Ferguson. #PlannedParenthood (which is NOT SELLING BABIES, FFS). These are all issues we’ve talked about on social media recently. They’ve all trended on Twitter, and bombarded our Facebook pages. One thing you can always guarantee is that there will be something happening in the world that makes us all take a moment to feel, and then express our opinions on the subject. Many of us are passionate about our opinions on these topics, others hadn’t thought about them – but have now formed opinions they’d like to share. Regardless of why we’re talking about whatever specific social injustice we’re talking about today – you can guaran-damn-tee someone is going to call you out for caring about THAT issue instead of THIS OTHER issue.
Just. Effing. Stop. Already.
Caring that a treasured, protected lion was essentially tortured to death by some rich asshole who only killed the animal to get his rocks off DOESN’T MEAN that I DON’T CARE about the starving kids in Ethiopia or the national debt. Trust me, I have the mental capacity to care about a great many things at one time. However, the fact that these people only ever seem to comment on your posts to tell you that you’re caring about the wrong issue calls into question THEIR ability to care about more than one issue at a time. It also makes me wonder if they even grasp the concept of “current events.” Why are we talking about #CecilTheLion right now? Because Cecil is a lion who was killed, pretty much right now. It’s news, right now, and there is no outlet more perfectly suited for discussing the news that is happening RIGHT NOW than social media. This is why we utilize social media to talk about NEWS THAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.
To that end, why am I not talking about #PlannedParenthood – you might ask? Well, I haven’t been talking about Planned Parenthood because I use my brain and my ability to think critically – rather than my emotions – to look at the facts surrounding that situation, and I have determined that there is nothing untoward happening with Planned Parenthood accepting reimbursement for the costs associated with preparing tissue for transfer, and then transferring it. This is not the same thing as “selling baby parts.” See, now I’m talking about it. Happy?
Let me draw a parallel for you.
You cut grass for a living, but you are not legally allowed to sell that grass. You are allowed to donate it. Scientists want to study grass, but they don’t know how to cut it. So, you cut grass for them, package it up, and mail it to them – and they reimburse you for the TIME YOU SPENT cutting the grass, the cost of the box you put the grass in, and the shipping charges you incurred sending them the grass. They didn’t buy the grass, they reimbursed you for the costs you incurred collecting the grass for them.
Of course, it’s much easier to think about grass objectively, because you don’t feel an emotional attachment to the grass. Look at the situation with a scientific eye, instead of an emotional one. It’s not a baby, it’s aborted fetal tissue – and there are costs associated with collecting it, packaging it, and transferring it. End of story.
Why am I not talking about starving kids in Ethiopia? Because, by definition, it’s not news. It’s not current events – even though it’s currently happening. It’s always happening. Efforts are constantly being taken – by more developed countries – to help with the starving children in Ethiopia.
Basically, where I’m going with this, is stop criticizing people for not caring about the issue YOU think they should be caring about right now – and maybe look within yourself to understand why it bothers you that the people around you are focusing their attention on current events rather than whatever it is you’ve decided is more important.