Update your FB profile image filter in 'support' of the tragedies in France. Nothing else required.
Changing your image on Facebook to support gay rights or Paris is quite an empty gesture is it not? What does this 'gesture' really even mean? I have soooo much empathy I will take 2 secs to update my profile on FB for you. Oh, and, my government will use this as an excuse to rage war and kill more people, you're welcome! And it only took me a sec to do, wow I'm feeling really good about myself right about now. I made a difference by doing absolutely nothing. In reality, what is this gesture actually translating to with regards to supporting other humans? It's certainly not going to help the dead or their grieving families. It won't stop right wing religious zealots either. Can you imagine a FB photo filter stopping the death and tragedy of the Vietnam war? I think the impact of point and click gestures and couch arm politics only increases the degradation of empathy and human connecttion. I can thumbs up and click to say 'yes' all day long and it doesn't make a damn bit of difference. This is not how change happens. By changing your image (and only doing that) it means nothing more than a head nod to those in France who are really suffering from grief and pain right now. They need physical help, counseling, help with logistics and monetary support. None of which comes from the Facebook, Twitter or YouTube png update. If you really want to make a change, reach out to victims and their families and offer monetary support, grief counseling, food, clothing, help for rent. In times of tragedy, offering to help with the small minutia of living is often the greatest help, not a fucking social media image filter. When Cam died, it wasn't a vague pic that helped me, it was help from a phone call, a letter, an offer to give rides and watch pets that made the most difference. From a distance these things will seem impossible, but if you can reach the individuals through the internet and offer to arrange things for them or set up appointments for them, this will help immensely. Even if they don't take you up on these gestures, they have seen them and can acknowledge your gesture as being genuine rather than the empty 2 sec empathy that a FB image can create.