Action without action

December 6th, 2010


Social networking makes it easy for people to make meaningless noise about matters of substance.

There was a so-called “campaign” on Facebook recently in support of the fight against child abuse. The exact words of the “campaign” are:

Change your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. There should be no human faces on Facebook but an invasion of memories to raise awareness to end Violence Against Children.

I imagine millions of people across the world changed their profile picture, it only takes a moment, after all. But just how was that supposed to help children? Well, it doesn’t in and of itself.

Any of you out there who think you have done your bit, you have not.

So here is the real challenge and the real campaign (as indicated on the Facebook page which originated this idea, but which most people are ignorant of):

Actually put your hand in your pocket and make a donation to some child-related charity or spend some time doing voluntary work.

Until you do that, you have done nothing.

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