I Care; Therefore I Act

Source: thefallenangelspeaks.wordpress.com

    ” Lu waay di wuyoo da koy niru.”

English Translation: One lives up to the name he answers to!

In recent years, with the advent of social networks, we’ve seen a steady increase of people who care about different causes ranging from Poverty, Racial Discrimination, Child Trafficking, Sex Tourism etc. Everyday, we see posts about these issues and people pledging their unflinching support in the drive to put an end to certain practices. Sometimes, we can’t help noticing the angry tone with which these comments are made. Some of the issues tend to set fire to human blood and the owners just flare up and emotions take control. In that moment, one would think that with a click of their fingers, everything shall be resolved.

A few weeks ago, the  KONY 2012 wave swept through cyberspace like a tsunami. In all honesty, I can’t even say exactly what the video was about. I woke up, got on my Facebook and my news feed was completely taken over by posts and re-posts of the video. I only took time to read the description and scrolled past. That led me to even more KONY-related information. Friends were expressing dismay, horror, shock, anger etc at the issue. By the end of the day, the slogan #STOPKONY2012 was trending on Facebook and Twitter. Millions of people all over the world had a lot of comments to make. Somewhere between the concern and the fire to ‘get up and act now’, I could only notice the anger, anger and anger. Deep inside, I was sorry for whoever was going through the violence and ‘evil’ that was revealed in the video. I prayed that KONY gets caught and that justice would take its course.

Today, one rarely hears anything about KONY! A few days ago, a friend sent out a tweet saying ‘What happened to KONY? Y’all caught him already?’. It was a mere attempt at sarcasm but one cannot ignore the truth in those words. As the days went by, people eventually stopped sharing info about him. Everyone went back to their usual activity, the children of KONY 2012 pushed to a secondary place in our occupations. Sadly, this is not the first, and might not even be the last time we see things of this sort. Each day, we see people stand up and declare themselves ‘advocates for human rights’, ‘child activists’, ‘supporter of the anti-whatever movement’ etc. It is indeed great to see people take up interest in issues affecting our world today. It is inspiring to see that zeal and anxiety with which we make pledges to support one cause or the next. However, how many of us are true to our words? How many of us actually go the extra step to ACT? How many of us go past the stage of just saying ‘I shall act’? How many of us take time out to follow the progress of a cause we say we’re concerned about? How many of us look deep within and ask ourselves ‘Do I really care’?

This is just one facet which can be used to explain today’s proverb. Many of us like to think of ourselves as humanitarians, revolutionaries, advocates for justice and equal rights etc. We feel good when people stop by to commend us for our involvement in the ‘problem-solving team’. We respond to them with words like ‘I shall never stop until we put an end to this‘, ‘I’m in this till the very last stage’ and ‘I care a lot about this and I am gonna give it my all’. How much of our ‘all’ have you given? How much are we really willing to part with? Some might be thinking ‘ ..but it doesn’t only have to be financial’. Yes! Exactly my line of thought. Reaching into our pockets or signing off that cheque is not the only way in which we can help! Support comes in different forms and these concertedly help to create solutions. You care about ‘End Hunger in Somalia‘ but can’t give to the World Food Programme’s fund? Approach that child in your neighbourhood who has nothing to eat and feed him! You are against the discrimination of People with Disabilities but can’t join the International Organisations in their fight against this menace? Just across the cafeteria, a disabled woman is seated all alone; join her! These are just a few examples of how we can put our efforts where our words are.

Next time you stand up tall to say you support a cause, take the next step. Act, no matter how small you think the impact is going to be. They say ‘actions speak louder than words’. It is good to put up a Facebook status and declare our support for a cause, but it shall be even better if we tried to really put our energy into it. That action shall make changes and eventually, we shall all lean back with smiles on our faces, satisfied with our success in making a difference in the lives of millions!

~Beh benen aljuma~ 🙂

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13 thoughts on “I Care; Therefore I Act

  1. haddi

    Once again, great job! You never fail to deliver. I especially love the title, are you a fan of Descartes?

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    1. myzzdiamant Post author

      Not the ‘groupie’ type…lol. Came across him while studying for a very important exam and his ‘Je pense, donc je suis’ has stayed in my memory ever since. Felt like the perfect thing to paraphrase for this post 🙂

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  2. Maimuna

    Quite appealing!
    Leads to those moments of reflection. While i tried to answer the questions, i also did ask myself, Have I done enough???
    Keep up the good move brilliant!!!

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    1. myzzdiamant Post author

      Maimuna, I think that’s a question that should completely occupy our minds. We might never be able to do enough but doing as much as we can might help change certain things. We shall surely get there, someday

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  3. 'Fongite (@YaayiBayam)

    I was thinking the same thing yesterday as I noticed quite a number of people changed their profile pics to that of the GARM logo. I wondered how many of them would remember GARM or the victims of rape by the end of this week. I’m not gonna play holier than thou tho cuz I’ve done same a lotta times but thank God now I know better. If you ain’t gonna give it your all daal, don’t be making noise all over the place. Love the piece!

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    1. myzzdiamant Post author

      The campaign has been quite steamy and the participation is very much laudable. We can only pray that the commitment does not falter as GARM needs all the support it can get

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  4. Ebrima Jallow

    You too?? Men, I just can’t catch a break today, can I? I mean, it’s like everywhere I turn, there’s someone reminding me of my bad habits smh. How about you just rename this Lingure to Mirror instead? I doubt we all can’t see ourselves on this one. As they say in the Ghetto “I’m finna blast off” for real…”I needa get my acrite on” Thanks for the reminder, Lady. I do agree. You’re not about a revolution if you’re only down for the moment. You have to be down for the movement. Matter of fact, you’ve just reminded me to get back on this campaign I’ve long thought of. It’s a campaign that seeks to stop all Gambian girls from eating kabaa or at least reduce its consumption so we can use kabaa for a larger nationwide purpose. Like make kabaa juice and export it. I’d add ebbeh to the list too but I don’t wanna get executed by the women folk so…

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    1. myzzdiamant Post author

      EJ! I couldn’t help quoting you on ‘You’re not about a revolution if you’re only down for the moment. You have to be down for the movement.’. That was dope.
      On to serious matters though, are you really serious about THAT cause? Okay, I agree we could go on a bigger scale with kabba juice production and exportation but you really don’t want the Gambian ladies to come after you. For the ebbeh cause, I say ‘Break a leg’. Literally!
      BTW, you’ve been MIA on Facebook. Get back soon!

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      1. Ebrima Jallow

        LOL so I was chillin’ under the tree, laying in the cut, kicked my feet up high while I enjoy some smooth sounds of Beres and then I got a text message about some twitter revolutionaire name EJ(orbateh) hehe. Yep. I know folks, who know folks, that knows other folks that knows some folks who are on twitter. There’s only one problem, however: The tweet didn’t mention that the actual quote came about because somebody was actually reading a Linguere blog and was inspired by it. Aye, we all need inspiration some how. In fact, give me some more inspiration. I could use lots of it. As for the “Break a leg” part, well, not a whole lotta surprises there. Many scholars agree that 99% of Gambian girls are powered and engineered by ebbeh. Bankie is my witness. Oh and yeah I’ll be back.

      2. myzzdiamant Post author

        ‘Many scholars’?? In ebbeh semantics or something of that nature? Why am I even amazed?
        BTW, your twitter bird needs to be more efficient and give you the J(agne) in place of the J(obarteh). While we await your return, I’ll have you know you’re missing out on an awful lot of Fong drama! Trust the SSSSFF rep to feed you proper info!

  5. A Gripping Life

    I love this post! When I was young I used to dream about making a difference in the world. I wanted to work for the Peace Corps or UNICEF, etc. Sometimes I look back at my younger self and think, hey, that girl is still in there, she’s still feeling those same things! I think people ultimately feel powerless or they feel like their little contribution won’t make a difference. Writing things on a Facebook wall is an easy way to feel like you’re a part of a community but, like you said, it means very little unless the intensity is kept up until changes are made. ( I don’t even have a facebook account!) I think it’s the society we live in. It’s all so immediate, it’s a way of connecting, and it gives a false sense of “power,” for lack of a better word.
    Anyway, I’m rambling… I just wanted to validate what you’re feeling. Amen to all of the above.

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  6. myzzdiamant Post author

    I’m glad you loved it! I guess we’ve all been there an some point and still nurture the dreams of doing some more. We can always start from doing little though, and eventually the dreams shall be realised! You’ve got an amazing blog too 🙂

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