I hate, hate, hate arguments like “OMG, you’re posting about that shot lion but you didn’t give a damn about any of the black people in the US who’ve fallen victim to police brutality! Shame on you!”
I fucking hate it. And I could say right back at those people: “Oh? So you’re enraged about Sandra Bland, but don’t care about the Palestinian youths murdered by Israeli police, or LGBT people executed in country XY? Wow, you’re such a hypocrite.”
The thing is, there is so, so fucking much evil happening in our world, in many different regions and societies, towards people from many different groups and minorities, and yes, also animals. No person can a) keep up with every single of those horrific events, and b) bring up the energy to do so. It would be utterly self-destructive to care about all of them.
I, personally, haven’t been posting much about any such issues in the past. I’m in a good place right now, happy with a new job and finally seeing a silver lining after all my financial troubles. I simply can’t and don’t want to burden myself with caring about things I can’t change anyway. Or at least, I’m deliberately stopping myself from doing it because I know it a) doesn’t make a difference whether I reblog something on tumblr or not and b) just drags me down way too much.
What’s been happening in the US recently - or come to the surface because people are posting about it - is so horrible and incomprehensible to me that I can’t find words about it anyway. And I see these things, I read about them here, but I’m choosing not to get too deeply involved in discussions and reading articles because of the above reasons.
But I might get upset and post something on a different issue, who knows. Maybe it’s going to be a lot less cruel topic, like bisexual erasure, or the failure of recognising same-sex marriages on the same level as straight marriages in Germany. Or I might post about shark conservation and ask someone to sign a petition against shark finning. Who knows.
Maybe I prefer to choose areas in which I have at least a tiny bit of influence, meaning my own country, or things that are, for some reason, especially close to my heart (like sharks).
But I’m sure if I do that some people here and on social networks in general will judge me for not picking the ‘right’ cause to get upset over. Because Sandra Bland’s murder is more relevant than gays and lesbians in Germany who could use a bit more legal benefits and rights. And maybe it is. Or maybe that Palestinian kid is, or the girl who was raped and sold into marriage, or or or or. But does that mean endangered species and LGBT issues in mostly tolerant societies are completely irrelevant? Does that mean you should not care about them at all and spend some time and energy on them?
We cannot care about everything. If we did, we’d lose our minds and also would have to stop working and spend 24/7 on the internet, reblogging and commenting on every cruelty that is happening.