I try my best to be an optimist, but sometimes the news gets me down. The world seems particularly depressing as of late: the situation in Ukraine, the Ebola outbreak in Africa, violence in the Middle East, the gruesome beheadings by ISIS, and so much more.
There are so many problems in the world that are practically screaming for help—yet Justin Bieber is once again trending on Facebook:
To be fair, many of the things that trend on Facebook are merely headlines for a day—they flash briefly before giving way to larger and more pressing stories. Yet it never ceases to amaze me that a person like Justin Bieber commands so much attention. He seems to care so little about the world and yet the world cares so much about him.
Why? Why do we give so much time, energy, and money to such trivial things? Some time ago I tried—to the best of my ability—to bring attention to the Yazidi genocide in Iraq. I conducted a video interview, wrote an article, and contacted numerous media contacts.
The result? The article had less than a thousand views.
Immediately afterward, I posted an article called “7 Things That Will Make You Laugh.” I’m sad to say that the article has had significantly more clicks and views than my article on Iraq.
To be clear, we’re talking about genocide vs. giggles.
On the flip side of all this, I applaud the backlash against the nude photographs that were stolen from numerous celebrities. It’s been remarkable to see a significant portion of our society rally around the victims of a disgusting crime. With the amount of energy and zeal behind this, it sends a clear message to any would-be wrongdoers and I have no doubt that the perpetrator will soon be found and brought to justice.
Seeing all of this, I hope that we can also invest the same level of energy and zeal behind other worthwhile causes. Because the world is screaming for help—and we have the power to help—but are we listening?