Questioning a cause: KONY 2012

KONY.

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Yes the same child thieving, smug mafia man who had committed untold atrocity over the past thirty years without being brought to justice. But this piece is not going to be about that. Call me cold, but what astonishes me is the way people have been reacting to it. You may argue that pen is mightier than a sword. I say unless you have a desert eagle in your holster.

In the past pen has proven to be mighty, but it was also a time when people were ready to get to the streets and get the work done. However now everyone wants to be inspired not inspire. There is a global want of more governments and less governance. But I won’t beat the hammer into the old nail of “In our old days” v/s “You internet fed yuppies”. For two reasons

  1. It has been done to death.
  2. I want to be fair to imbeciles from both generations

When I saw people suggesting that more needs to be done rather than just “sharing” the video or mocking its sincerity and direction, they were treated with contempt guile and shock something similar on the lines of what would happen if Dalai Lama would shows up at the opening of Mainland China.

So back to Kony, the wave of pedestrian morality overwhelms the cry of reason and logic. This is what I am going to speak about.  Being a nihilist I have long conformed to the notion that everything that people do is for their happiness. From mothers love to a soldiers sacrifice. There is no shame in admitting that.

In this viral era, where every second click counts, the longevity of feeling good is very short lived. Growing up the smallest of things would cheer me up for days; a joke would keep me going for days. But now nothing lasts more than a few seconds. I constantly read memes, cartoons and blogs which are funny to make myself smile. It is as if I am scared of not being amused every second.  There is a constant need to feel good which I find very unhealthy.

And this is the exact sentiment that has been exploited for years by quacks, TV evangelists and now marketing professionals armed with inspiring music and sharp editing. A quick share here and like goes a long way in feeling good about ourselves.

But how many of us would want to do more substantial than that? You might fend off this plea of responsibility by repeating the most disturbing cliché of all times “It is not the effort but the intention that counts”. So why am I being bothered by something that seems innocuous from the outside? If sharing pictures, quotes and emotional videos brings some solace to people? Why should I be a party pooper by blaring sense into them?

Unfortunately the ramifications are multifold. While we celebrated Indian army’s bravado in the aftermath of 26/11, they left to their stations hungry in a B.E.S.T bus fed by measly Parle G biscuits. The attention was more towards which celebrity had to say more about terrorism than the actual people who fought against them. They, the soldiers didn’t see montages of bravery, fear or any emotion that the television channels indulge your cathartic heart. They see responsibility, an urge to be DONE WITH IT.

Agreed that social media was a great enabler of the revolution in the Middle East. But it merely informed them of their duties. If everyone sat in their couches tweeting and re-tweeting about the movement, nothing of substance would have been achieved. All the agents of acceleration such as music, videos, speeches and articles wanted to propel the angst into something substantial and boy it did.

Right for freedom of expression is okay, but would there ever be a right for responsibility? Which would call for action and not just words?

One of the most potent solutions to world’s problem such as poverty, unemployment, crimes against humanity is empowering and educating women. It is time tested and proved method which makes sure that there is no sudden surge in population, better sanitary habits and a general awareness towards better quality of life. Yes of course you would have to listen to the sometime god awful feminist speeches and hen picking. But at the greater scheme of things I think that is excusable.

But beyond the stupidity, naivety and erroneous application of humanity what is more dangerous is cynicism. Missionaries with vested religious interest, marketing companies targeting viewership or just plain teenagers trying their best to get attention are arrows shot at a cause. Most of them miss completely, a few of them brush and a couple hit.

Let us not stop that, even if a couple of kids are saved from the treachery of child slavery and early adoption into crime. I unwillingly, unemotionally and unsympathetically still support Kony 2012.

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P.S: I do stay true to my words and in my attempt I saved up to 100$ for the cause of Kenyan girls education through BAPGSU. Three girls will get access to graduate level education through the ten thousand odd dollars collected at our fraternity.

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2 thoughts on “Questioning a cause: KONY 2012

  1. Deboshree March 19, 2012 at 7:25 am Reply

    Great job done Dhanesh!
    “Right for freedom of expression is okay, but would there ever be a right for responsibility? Which would call for action and not just words?” I think that captures the essence very well…I wonder if such a ‘right’ would indeed shape up one day.

  2. dhaneshspeaks March 22, 2012 at 11:01 am Reply

    It is asking for much, but I hope it comes to effect by some means or other.

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