I’m getting a little sick of tumblr. Every time I open it up there are at least five posts within the first 30 I haven’t read with pictures if abused kids, missing people, or abused animals. Now I don’t mind those pictures; I don’t find them triggering in any way (though I’d be willing to bet some people do). What I can’t stand are all the notes telling me if I don’t reblog this stuff, I’m heartless, cold, or they’ll stop following me because they can’t believe I won’t “take two seconds to reblog this picture.”
Now, I’ll be the first one to say that blogging is a form of activism and can really make a difference. But in this case, is it? Can it? I’m not convinced. There is no “call to action” in these posts - no hotline, no charity to donate to, no petition to sign, no “here’s what you can do to help.” If there is a call to action, it’s simply “reblog this or you are cold hearted.”
Sure, I’m happy to reblog calls to action. As someone who’s raised a lot of money for charities over the years, I believe in doing what you can to help. But I won’t reblog pictures of abused animals or people, and I’m not being cold hearted. Some of my followers may find it triggering, and the good it does doesn’t outweigh that. Also, blogging works well as a starter tool for activism and making a lasting change, but at some point you need to follow it up with action.
For the record, before y’all tell me I’m being defensive because my rings have diamonds, the diamonds in my rings as well as the metals in Tim and my rings were obtained ethically by a company that also refuses to harvest coral and other materials of that nature. It’s not perfect, to be sure, but we did our research.
“I can’t imagine anyone becoming a writer who wasn’t a voracious reader as an adolescent. A true reader understands that books are a world unto themselves—and that that world is richer and more interesting than any one we’ve traveled in before. I think that’s what turns young men and women into writers—the happiness you discover living in books. You haven’t been around long enough to have much to write about yet, but a moment comes when you realize that’s what you were born to do.”—Paul Auster Paris Review: The Art of Fiction No. 178 (via shotgunblogger)
“It’s criminal that so little is asked of people who are getting so much. I don’t mind paying more. I really don’t mind paying more taxes. I’d rather pay for taxes than cut ‘Reading is Fundamental’ or Head Start or some of these programs that are really helping kids. This is the greatest country in the world; is it really that much worse if you pay 6% more in taxes? Give me a break. Look at what you get for it: you get to be American.”—
“I agree that it shouldn’t be important whether a woman has children or not, but most of our culture doesn’t concur. “You’ll change your mind when you’re (five years older than age I am),” someone wrote. I tried to imagine the opposite situation – a woman my age (28), pregnant or with a child, being told that in five years she’d change her mind about wanting to be a mother. Or what about a guy my age being told that his “daddy instinct” would kick in soon and he would start wanting to pop out kids? I’m old enough to vote, to drink alcohol and to die for my country, but I’m still being told – sometimes by my own peers – that I’m not mature enough to decide about my body, my family and my future.”—TODAYMoms - One woman’s childfree status update ignites Facebook free-for-all (via jerseyjezebel)
“Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?”—Paulo Coelho (via impetrate)