Yesterday LA posted about empathy and included the following line.
Someone asked me how I can continue to blog while the situation in the Ukraine is going on. They thought I didn’t care, that I lacked empathy…LA
Today, I read the following in the Washington Post in the op-ed piece The War in Ukraine Doesn’t Need Your Likes.
Apparently, people find it impossible to take things seriously even when the times demand it.Christine Emba, Washington Post
I get it. I don’t completey disagree with the premise of the op-ed.
Too many people use the war and other new stories as a desperate attempt to get likes on social media. Politicians use it to get press and votes. Businesses get press for dumping out the vodka and changing drink names. Meanwhile, most of us do nothing that actually helps.
I do have issues with the premise of the two quotes, though.
Me blogging and posting dumb stuff on social media does not equal me not caring about what is going on in the world. For some of us, writing and humor are ways we cope.
It does no one any good if I stop writing my dumb little blog.
It doesn’t help anyone if I stop posting stupid stuff on social media.
I won’t stop the war by not watching TV and sports.
When I turned off the news during the lockdown and started watching The Partridge Family on a random channel it didn’t mean I didn’t take things seriously. It meant I needed a break fot my mental health.
None of this equals not taking things seriously.
Yes, the war in Ukraine is bad, Yes, the people of Ukraine need help. Yes, many of us could do more. We all get that.
Lecturing us for also living life, writing, and laughing does no one any good.