What’s the difference between ignorance and indifference?
I don’t know and I don’t care.
Just saw this wise joke from tonyksite yesterday.
I admit that I chose to stay unbothered by what’s happening around me. As long as it’s not affecting me and my loved ones, I’m just going to continue praying for others.
It’s something I was proud to admit but then it started to creep back at me. Choosing to be silent when people are hurting and dying was not something to be proud of.
Stoicism taught me how to control my reactions when bad things happened beyond my control. That’s what I’ve been religiously doing without getting the whole point.
Stoicism doesn’t tell one to eliminate emotions but to pause and think about what you can do in response to unwelcomed situations. Stoics aren’t apathetic, that’s what I didn’t understand.
Empathy and Righteousness
It turns out my ego was masking what I must truly feel. I believed that if it doesn’t help me in any way then I shouldn’t think of it too much. That’s what brought me into deciding on not educating myself from what’s happening and for not voicing out.
Just recently, I finally understood the difference between empathy and sympathy!
In one sentence, I learned that the difference is that empathy is feeling what others are feeling and not just knowing how they feel.
It is more like being selfless rather than being selfish. This is what God wants us to do. He also did it when He became a man of this Earth.
In Proverbs 31:8-9, God tells us to bring about just righteousness. Open your mouth for those who can’t speak for themselves. Righteousness, per se, is being and doing good for the people.
Finally, God answered my question about what I should do. With His words, I understood that what I knew was wrong. Now, I can forgive myself for being incorrect and start learning from my mistakes.
Learning from social media and the Queen herself
For months, I deleted my social media accounts to focus on my personal development. Though I still had my messenger and that’s how I ask my friends questions about politics.
But now I believe that social media can be valuable to me if I choose to use it wisely. So last May 29, I opened a new Twitter account. It’s also the same week when the protests for George Floyd had started in the US. However, in the Philippines, the president had certified the Anti-Terrorism Bill (which has nothing to do with the on-going pandemic) as urgent.
Some studies show the relationship between depression and social media use. Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches published an article 5 days ago about the linkage of social media and depression and the reasons why. Although there’s no point in denying the fact that the current events are truly depressing.
I’m saying we have the privilege to use our social media accounts and the world wide web pretty well to educate ourselves and other people. I paraphrase Catriona as she says that our voices count. So we need to help each other to be informed and knowledgeable about what’s going on.
But of course, we also must care for our well-being.
It’s okay to take care of your mental health
It’s very nice to be selfless and all that because we give voices for the ones who can’t bring themselves to fight this unjust system.
But once you feel that you’re unable to control your emotions and thoughts, it would be better if you pause for a while from everything. Because how will you fight for others if you are not feeling well yourself?
Take a nice break from social media. It’s okay not to be updated 24/7. You can still search intentionally about reliable news updates once you feel better.
Breathe and pray. I am here for you. But don’t forget that He always hears our prayers.
Fighting for Justice
The Lord God upholds justice for the oppressed, and gives food to the hungry, the Lord sets the prisoners free, He loves the righteous… but He thwarts the way of the wicked.— Psalm 146:7-9
If I see this without the knowledge of who God is, I will be amazed and curious about who He truly is. Why He does these things and to whose advantage.
However, if you look closely, the answer can also be seen in that same verse.
It is because He loves us.
Now to apply the reason why we fight for justice, it is because of what He wants us to do. To love our neighbors as ourselves.
For something to view more about, I’m going to end this with another verse in Jeremiah 22:3, “thus says the Lord: Bring about Justice and Righteousness. Rescue the disadvantaged, and don’t tolerate oppression or violence against the immigrant, the orphan, and the widow.”
What to do from here?
Be informed and educate others.
Help in any way you can. Use your voice. Sign the petitions below.
I want to thank my friends (and God, of course!) for keeping me sane in these trying times. For educating me and for understanding my mistakes.
If you are like me, let this be a lesson learned! Educate yourself and help bring just righteousness to this world. We may not live permanently on Earth but that’s not a reason for not doing what is good and just.
We must help each other so that no one is left behind.