The world is undoubtedly a very loud place because of us. After all, as humans, we love to share our opinions about the latest Pixar movie, the presidential race, or even our daily woes and struggles. As a result, it's difficult for a day to go by without us seeing these sentiments broadcasted everywhere due to the ubiquity of social media.
Sometimes, the world flares up with noise, a cacophonous flooding of ideas and opinions, as we become particularly incensed by something. Following the Paris attacks, the world rushed to show support for the victims. Profile pictures were changed to feature the French red, white, and blue, posts were thoughtfully written and broadcasted all over Facebook and Twitter, and newspaper headlines were crafted to highlight this tragic event for days on end. Following the Brussels bombings, the world scrambled to express their sympathy towards those who were affected. Again, profile pictures were changed, heartfelt posts were written, and newspaper headlines were carefully written to underscore the atrocities that had occurred. Now, following the Orlando shooting, the world has leapt to denounce the inhumanity that has plagued our country. Yet again, we have done all we could do to show our solidarity with the people of Orlando.
It seems that the world is constantly chattering, especially in times of conflict. However, sometimes the world is silent.
The world was silent on the day before the attacks in Paris, when ISIS bombed a residential area in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed over forty-three and wounded over two hundred. The world was silent on the same week of the bombings in Brussels, when the Taliban bombed a park filled with children on Easter Sunday in Pakistan, which killed over sixty-nine and wounded over three hundred. And now, most recently, the world was silent on the same month of the shooting in Orlando, when terrorists bombed an airport in Istanbul, Turkey, which killed over thirty-six and wounded over one hundred.
The world was silent, even when it desperately needed to be loud, because we somehow deemed these incidents as insignificant. Somehow, we have created this distorted worldview that what happens in Europe or America is far more important to us as global citizens. Somehow, we have come to believe that it is acceptable to overlook the issues of other countries because we think our main focus should be bettering ourselves before we even consider helping others, even though it has long been established that the world is so interconnected that it is illogical to disregard the wellbeings of other countries.
Malala Yousafzai once said, "When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." We, as global citizens, must take it upon ourselves to be the voice of change when no one else is willing to. Not only must we support the victims of the Paris attacks and the Brussels bombings and the Orlando shootings, but we must also speak up for those who were injured or killed in the suicide bombings in Lebanon, Pakistan, and Turkey so that their stories do not get lost among the thousand other seemingly more "important" narratives in circulation. Then, among the ever-constant chatter about Pixar movies and presidential candidates and daily struggles, will also be solidarity for all people of the world.
And so the world is loud once more.