Coming Across Things You Can’t Unsee
I recently “liked” a page on Facebook that showed funny pictures and sometimes posted enlightening articles. The other day this page posted a photo from another Facebook page intelligently titled “Ban Islam.” I was surprised by their affiliation with this page, and unfortunately curiosity led me to view it. Mistake. The page is dedicated to hate. In their own words, “What is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion if the activities or teachings of that religion are so outrageous, irrational or abusive of human rights.” Needless to say, I “unliked” the page that had taken me to this awful place.
One of the posts on the “Ban Islam” page was of Eid ul Adha, something I know absolutely nothing about. The picture was horrifying and it is something that I wish I hadn’t seen. It has been popping up in my mind for the last 24 hours and every time I think about it, I get the chills. After a while I realized it wasn’t the picture that was disturbing me so much, it was the comments that some people had made on it. What my fellow human beings were saying about each other was stemming from pure, undiluted hatred and fear.
I decided to draw a picture of the image that had so horrified me, in order to take some of its power away. Now it doesn’t scare me so much, but I am left shaken by the true ugliness of what I found: the level to which people will sink to single each other out and hate each other until there is nothing left. The “Ban Islam” page has nearly 7,000 followers that take time out of their day to hate an entire group of people.
From now on I’m going to stay on the nice side of the internet: easy chicken salad recipes and cat videos.