Just a disclaimer: I only just heard about until today. So I’m pretty late on this.
And I’m such an amateur at this, and I tend to make a lot of assumptions. Please excuse me. I’ll never be perfect.
Last month CNN released this article:
The Diplomat released this article:
Not only this, but the latest edition of Time magazine also released an article on this subject.
Not only is this obviously a big threat to people’s physical and mental health, but it also affects the rest of the world, even thousands and thousands of miles away in the U.S. It’s scary, honestly, especially since today what a person or organization wants doesn’t have to stop at ‘how far you can walk’ or ‘how much money you have’. As a race, we have progressed a lot in travel in the last hundred years.
What does this tell us? What does my reaction to this tell me? What does other people’s reactions tell me?What does ISIS tell us about our society today? In my amateur brain, I have a few suggestions.
1.) We have so much. Though I have not been to very many other countries, I see through my eyes that as a world culture we have been giving so much connection to people, to corporations, to streets and medicine. Yes, it may be behind closed doors or across a border, but it’s there. Some of these things did not exist until just a few weeks ago. We have been given so much to know about and learn about, and sadly, so much of this is from billboards, fro TV, from popularity, from the boldest of people. And a lot of times, that is not the best source of non-prejudiced news. This leads to seeing that so much can be gotten through, so much can be defeated and taken advantage of. I think the power to do the things ISIS is doing is not new. ISIS just took advantaged of it.
2.) We are scared. The public is outraged. Families are scared, terrified even. We have not been met by such a large range of terror as ISIS has in a while.
3.) We need to do something. From a first look, it would look like the best thing to do would be to lock everything down. Close borders, lock the doors, turn off the lights, close the curtains. Protect ourselves from the pervading sense of doubt and hate and fear.
When has this worked in the past? And does locking out our fellow human beings really help? Does locking out the enemy really work? Or are we just locking our own enemies inside the confines of our minds, disguising our hate into fear in the image of pointing fingers and frowning mouths.
Vote when possible. Make yourself knowledgeable in the subjects that are important, that you are interested in. Change the way you talk, the words you use. Change is in the small things. The letters, syllables, words, shapes that comprise what is flying around our brains and those of the ones around us right now. Read. Watch. Pay attention to the small things, and question everything. Find what is true, and cling to that like a life depends on it. Eventually, it probably will.