I recently followed a car on my way home that had “honk to stop bullying” written on its rear window. At first I thought it was neat that this what appeared to be a student was so passionate about seeing the end of bullying. But then I had a thought, “does getting people to honk really do anything to end bullying?” At this point bullying is such a big problem it no longer needs awareness. To end bullying we need caring students, teachers, and administrators to stand up in the moments when bullying occurs. We need to educate and inspire people to stand up for what really matters.
The car with the writing on it brought a different thought to my mind. An unintended consequence of social media and a problem with so many causes. I admit I love causes, and I am quick to rally behind them. But I think so many great causes have created a consequence that people think they stand for something by sharing something on their Facebook wall, or posting a tweet. By simply sharing or posting doesn’t mean you are behind a cause. Letting a cause become part of you, and giving yourself to something bigger than yourself is how you get behind a cause. You make sacrifices. You give time, money, and energy to rally and advance your cause. It may be the sexy thing to post it on Facebook, but does it do anything? There are so many causes and voices screaming for our attention. What cause will you get behind and give your time, money, energy, and yourself to?