Just in case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, referring to those that have changed their profile picture on Facebook so that it has a transparent French flag over their original picture.
I’d say about 98% of my friends on Facebook have chosen to do this.
Let me clarify that I don’t look down on the people who have decided to do this, I’m just discussing why I have chosen not to do it.
We live in an age of lazy activism. I can’t tell you how many times I see on my feed those “comment Amen” pictures of hurt or injured babies or animals. How much is you typing “amen” going to help that child or animal? Not at all, but it makes you feel good. The illusion that you have done something.
I understand people who feel like adding that filter shows their support. Problem is, most of the people who use this filter do absolutely nothing else. They change their profile picture and feel like they are a good person and that is it. They give themselves a pat on the back, or they are looking to get a pat on the back from their family and friends, or they are simply following the trend.
I choose not to do the filter because I find it pointless. Honestly I feel like the people that have put up a status about the incident on Friday have at least put more effort in. Words tend to put out a certain energy into the world, more than most people realize. I personally have done as much energy work as I can and made offerings for the French people.
I have already seen quite a few people who had put on the French flag already take it off.
I was also one of the few people who didn’t change my profile picture to the Pride flag when that was popular after the SCOTUS ruling. Before that ruling I had (and still do because there is still more work to be done people) been fighting for equality of those in the LGBT community, especially as a bisexual woman I am a member of the community myself.
Not a single person that I saw changed their profile to the Pride flag had ever shown any other form of support before or since. And don’t give me the “you don’t know what they do outside of Facebook” crap, I don’t add anyone on Facebook that I don’t know in person. So, yea, I know.
Frankly I’m just sick of trends like this. This lazy activism.
That’s just my two cents.