Let me pause for a moment talking about the Philippine elections and reflect on the latest global catastrophe. As Filipinos, this is something to take note of.
Another tragedy struck in Brussels, Belgium when four terrorists sent destruction in two locations in the city, killing 31 and injuring 300. These suicide bombings that happened in Brussels Airport and Maelbeek/Maalbeek metro station were the deadliest terrorist attacks in Belgium’s history. It really recalls the attacks from Paris last November, as it was also perpetuated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL. Europe is truly at risk as the Middle East continues to be seized by war and the migration crisis escalates. As one sympathizes for the loss of many, one can also see what needs to be done in a tragedy like this. With the power of social media, there is something we can do in response to conflicts these. So, here are five ways we can respond to the Brussels attack:
- Understand the situation.
To receive news like this is to understand its situation and not just accept it like a freebie. One needs to know the scope and the circumstances that made this story happen. It also requires us to be aware of the Middle East war and ISIS. The good news is that the power of growing social media helps us to understand news stories. It doesn’t take time to get informed and empathize on the people affected. This is what should be done, for we cannot instantly label stereotypes along the way. Terrorism is a complex tale.
- Get involved by 5 minutes.
Though I highly encourage civilian involvement when it comes to these situations, sometimes it is better to get involved for a short amount of time. The main reason does not only rest on the fact that we still have a personal life to handle, but it is also for the fact that the situation does not require all of our attention. We can just check the news, understand it deeply, probably share about it online and just move on. We don’t want to get deeper in the issue. Or it will end up in an endless tread. Speaking of which…
- Do not go aloof about the situation.
This is a dangerous direction. What do I mean by this? It means sticking on the situation, not dragging it to another direction and not throwing more salt in the wound. The reason why I find the comments section unwatchable is that the comments were not even related to the subject. They tend to disrespect the subject in a matter of opinions. Look, there is a place of everything. It does not mean the world empathizes only to the Belgium victims that they also neglect the harsh situations in Syria. Respect the situation. And do not be too expressive about the news.
- Do not let the norm (or even the news) take over your views.
Relating to the two previous lessons in nature, one should not be selective on what opinion they should abide on. Everyone has his or her own views to issues. The best thing we can do is abide on the greater good and not let the popular take over our thoughts. It only means not to get that immersive to media in any form. But hear me out. Current events are good. Media in any form is good. But letting it dictate your views will just take us in a loop. About the “popular”, do not always go with the flow because allowing it will drag you to another direction. Like I said, understand the situation in Belgium and be critical about what you are getting from it.
- Continue to pray for the victims and their loved ones.
The best efforts we can always offer are prayers. I promise. Prayers do help in every way. It only takes a minute or so to dedicate our prayers for peace in the destructed city, to those who were affected and to the loved ones of the victims. If you are not the prayerful type, then do way #2.
Tragedies like the Brussels attack come lurking in the corner. And when it happens, it is in our responsibility to how we should react as stewards to this planet. At the end of the day, we need to stand firm on the greater good, for the betterment of our world. And the first step to that is responsible media use.
Condolences to the loved ones of the victims who had lost their lives in the attack. #JeSuisBrussels
- Chad, S., Boyle, C. and Knoll, C. (2016, March 23). Hunt is on for Brussels bombings suspect; Islamic State warns of more, worse attacks. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-brussels-airport-explosion-20160322-story.html.