#OurWorld Be Better, Be Good

Frankie Av

It seems like every other day the world wakes to another atrocity or tragedy. From terror attacks and psychotic events which kill and maim many innocents, to major incidents such as air crashes and natural disasters. The world has its fair share of daily horror and sadness.

And these are only the things we are told about.

Often there are major occurrences in parts of the world our media does not or will not cover for one reason or another. Our information is limited by the narrow view of politicians and media-bias: they show you what they want you to know. But in this age of technology and social media, the world has become a smaller place and is open to the scrutiny of all willing and able to research. Therefore we hear of happenings we might not have been privy to in the past.

I’ve often seen people derided because they showed sympathy for one country but not another following a major incident. But given the way traditional media works, many people do not get to hear about some worldwide incidents. Reports are often disproportionate when two incidents happen at roughly the same time. Take for example the Brussels attack and the non-stop coverage we saw for days on end. Within that same week there were two similar terror attacks which were barely mentioned in the media: a car bomb in Ankara and a suicide bomber in Istanbul.

At the time, social media was ablaze with an outpouring of grief and sadness while profile pictures were temporarily transformed with the Belgian flag in a show of solidarity. The same thing happened with the Charlie Hebdo attack in France. I, too, made a status update regarding the incident, only to then see some people on social media slate the likes of myself and others for not showing the same grief for different countries and their atrocity. The fact was, I had no knowledge at that time of the other incidents. Did that make my sadness at the attack in Brussels any less valid? No, not at all. Yet at the time I felt that I had somehow infringed on some sacred, secret social media etiquette and as a result publicly embarrassed myself.

It should be mentioned that certain countries suffer these atrocities so often that the media has become somewhat immune to their horrors and therefore fail to provide coverage. Perhaps the reason for the disproportionate reporting is the fact that such a major incident was mostly unheard of in Brussels or France. Nevertheless, the people who are killed in these occurrences–no matter which country they die in–are human and deserve the same respect and sympathies as any other.

It feels as though the world we live in is a wholly evil place, filled with monsters at every corner just waiting to kill innocents. It is a very real fear which I have felt myself in certain places purely as a result of being in a large crowd. We are constantly on the lookout for something or someone suspicious. A stranger is watched closely, the man or woman with the rucksack is avoided, the ethnic community is watched with wariness and fear.

In this time of fear and hatred all we seem to hear about is the badness in the world. For once, I want to wake up and hear about something amazing, something beautiful and something awesome enough to eclipse the evil in the world. But while humans are on the Earth and greed and fear drives society, I’m afraid this is simply a pipe dream.

But we ourselves can make a difference and show a better way to live while attempting to create this dream. It starts with simple things, not grand gestures. Things like holding a door open for someone instead of rushing through and allowing it to slam back on the person behind. Helping the mother who is struggling to get her pram down the stairs while her three children cry and wail at her side. Picking up a glove a little old lady dropped while putting her purse in her bag. Allowing the person with one item ahead of you in a queue when you have a trolley full of groceries. It’s the small things which can make a person’s day. It’s the accumulation of these small things which lead to the grander gestures which then will tell the world, we can not live in fear, greed and hatred forever.

Perhaps this is another of my pipe dreams, maybe it all sounds stupid in the face of such horrific occurrences. I mean, how can picking up a glove even begin to help those who died in those atrocities? Well, no one and nothing can help those poor souls now. But we can help the souls around us, every day and try to make this world a better place. The world is in our hands, as is our future. Let’s do something to make it better and brighter.

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE


About oneofthedragons

Samantha K. Balk and F. R. Donaldson met on An Archive of Our Own, one of the many fanfiction sites online, when Sam asked Frankie to illustrate the fanfiction that would one day lead to Sam's first novel. They've been friends ever since! This blog was created as a way to share the oftentimes difficult journey any new author experiences on the uncomfortable quest of an introvert for attention to his or her most personal work. It is meant to remind you that authors don't just appear fully fledged like a George R. R. Martin, that all of us start out unsure and feeling inadequate. Feel free to ask us anything. Sam: sammykaye9@gmail.com Frankie: reluctant.fraggle@gmail.com

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