WARNING: Offensive language ahead.
A question we should ask ourselves as social media citizens is: are we using our freedom of speech to spread hate and negativity online? As depression topics gain traction and more people are finding the strength to share their previously painfully lonely journeys, it is equally important that we also confront how we contribute to people’s anxiety and insecurities. How are our ‘jokes‘ compounding the feelings of people fighting their own demons of self-worth and dragging those people deeper into the dark space that is depression?
We all have our own lives to navigate and most of us are not equipped with the know-how to deal with complex issues of mental well-being, we’re not online as social workers and psychiatrists – we post what we like. But what we like and what we find funny is sometimes damaging. What we share lands on the cellphone screens of people who, because of their circumstances and experiences and head space, take it to heart and live with it, piling it on to other baggage that already weighs heavily on them. What we share in anger when we vent can fuel hateful ideas and deeds.
Look, it’s your personal account but know that your words not only have wider reach through social media, they have a bigger impact too. It’s not a bad idea to think twice before clicking send and unleashing hate on social media.
Also read – THE THING WITH JOKES
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There is a Zulu saying which goes: “Kuhlekwa noma kushoniwe.” The English translation is: “There is laughter even when there is a death.” The memory of Nelson Mandela is one that will be forever revered by millions around the world. It was not ideal to see the negative and embarrassing reactions of the crowd to the appearance of SA Pres. Zuma despite the fact that many feel that he was the captain of the ship which brought him to that situation, at the stadium in front of a host of heads of state.
However, the fact that we are still able to laugh even when we are unhappy is evidence of human strength. Some may be offended by the images I’ve collected for this post but let’s be honest, that won’t take anything away from the fact that some of these pictures are hilarious. That’s really what this post is about; the humour which followed the incident and not whether it was morally correct to boo the president at a memorial service in front of visitors.
South Africans are always quick to resort to humour when things go south and lately, what with the latest developments in the political arena, things have certainly been going downhill.
Enough writing, I found these on social networks and they are inspired by that thing which happened at FNB Stadium during the memorial service. I’m just going to leave them here…
And last but certainly not least…