Is social media showing an increase of heart wrenching tragedies or has our world always been this cruel?
When I look at the world through the eyes of others facilitated by today’s social media revolution, it isn’t long before I view sincere life stories, some of joy but more than there should be of human suffering, human suffering at the hand of others blocking the most basic right to life.
Today  any spectator could be forgiven for thinking they were reading about events that belong to the dark ages. Horror stories of genocide, life threatening diseases, mass slaughter, child fatalities and numerous stories of dignity discarded. If the world ever needed a superhero, the time is now.
Even the many countries that should stand together to defend humanity are paralysed by bad choices of a too recent past. Yet the act of doing nothing cultivates the opportunity for those with the will to destroy. In 2013 British Prime Minister, David Cameron was compelled to act to reduce the suffering that smouldered in a complicated and bloody Syrian civil war. Without the support of Russia or China, no coalition could be built to stop the obscene loss of life. Even Parliament, still under the shadow of the Blair and Bush Iraq war said “No”! The Syrian pyres continued. Now we read about commercial airliners with 200 souls being shot out of the sky and ethic cleansing sweeping across Iraq.
To me, someone living in the West, this is what the news of today is. For the unfortunate lives that become bad news, their basic right to life hangs by a hopeless thread whilst I browse on wondering who will save them. We are sad for their loss and grateful for the peace we have. Has the life for others always been this bad or has something changed? An action causing a reaction? Pessimism tells me that that this evil has always taken place somewhere in this world. What’s different is a chance to be heard, where voices were quiet are now amplified through modern technology. Can those who listen help?
No single country should have the moral weight of being the world’s policeman. If the world is to eradicate these threats countries need to join, push their differences aside, and find a common ground but will this ever happen? It’s fanciful that such a time should ever exist whilst money and religion have such a powerful grip on our transient race but could a global technology demand a global economy where countries can find the interest to make a difference?
Whilst I hope that one day GLOBAL will include protecting humanity, I find some solace that the people who were once silent are now heard thanks to social media and the crowds that make them.
Remembering Gaza http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/gaza-strip-lies-damned-lies-palestinian-civilian-death-toll-question-1460675