My blog for The Daily Sun centers on activism. Responses from any degree of the spectrum, either support or disagreement, are equally rewarding because any stance sparks the conversation necessary to incite change – change in perspective and ultimately change in reality. We can’t usually rush out and enact immediate revisions, but maybe it’s enough if we at least begin talking about it. After one year of writing about activism, now, as the semester draws to a close, I am turning inward. Cornell has been both extraordinary and challenging.
How do you determine whose life is worth more? This past week, the globe erupted in outrage over the terrorism in France. On Friday, November 13th, Paris trembled in the wake of gunshots. Facebook offered an easy, one-click option to change profile pictures in support, and social media posts rippled within seconds of each unfolding piece of news: a new location cited with violence, the re-estimated number of casualties and the release of personal stories from survivors who witnessed the attacks. However, over the course of a few hours, the posts on my social media newsfeed evolved from shock and anguish to outrage over the neglected victims to violence in other countries: Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Iran… the list is extensive.