You Gotta Keep Up
by Tricia Sylvia
To put it bluntly: you need to know about what is happening in the world.
To elaborate: you need to care about what is happening in the world, too.
It’s something that is heard far too often; your mom, friend, coworker, the person standing in line before you at Starbucks, etc., tells you that they don’t keep up with the news anymore.
“It’s too sad to see all the bad stuff happening in the world.”
“I just like to stay out of politics.”
“I don’t know enough about the issues to care about them.”
“Not everything in the world needs to be a debate.”
I’m all for trying to keep negativity out of your day, but to ignore current events and social issues is a privilege in itself. It is amazing if you are a woman who gets equal pay at work, but you can’t overlook that most women don’t. If your life has never been touched by gun violence you are extremely lucky, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore the fact that it is a major problem in our country.
I’m not saying that you need to be as on top of the news as CNN updates are, but you should have a general sense of what is going on around you. It’s a common saying that those who don’t know history are bound to repeat it. Well, I propose that those who don’t know current events are bound to never change them. Yes, it’s hard to turn on the TV and see that yet another high school has been targeted by a mass shooter. Nobody likes to hear that police brutality is still an issue. It’s upsetting to see photos of Syrian children who have fallen victim to a civil war they didn’t ask for. But it is even harder to hear people not know or care about these things. If you are lucky enough to not be affected by hot-button issues, you should still make your voice heard. Having a voice shouldn’t be a burden, and neither should being informed.
How will any of these tragedies stop if the people who can do something about them don’t know they are happening? To follow the advice of fellow Truth + Darer Lillian Roth, I’m not here to call anyone out, but to call you in. If you don’t keep up with the news, this is in no way a personal dig, it’s just a wakeup call. Make an effort to know what is happening in the world, and if we’re lucky, maybe you will change it.