Back in 1993, Kevin Carter, a photographer captured an image of a malnourished boy. A photojournalist whose attempt to show the real ground condition of a starving child in Sudan was widely criticized for a well-known reason. Even though this picture gave him an award, it took away his life.
These are the days where every one of us has a beautiful camera and cheap internet services. We enjoy our beautiful journey with a click that is supposed to be a memory for days to come.
But at the same time, the living conditions of people below the poverty line has not changed. They have been struggling for their basic needs, including food, water, and shelter.
We love to see a woman drinking polluted water. Rather than buying a bottle of water for her which cost less as 30 cents, we love to take that special click. A poor man eats unhygienic disposed food and rather than buying a portion of food for him we love to click them without their consent. A victim is dying in an accident, and we have often clicked their situation rather than helping at first.
While we can claim ourselves as samaritan with our own sets of explanation, our hunger of likes and favorites, share and retweets have increased exponentially oriented towards mere a cheap publicity. The lense in social media has made most of us a vulture who is waiting for a boy to die. Because had we been a Carter, the photographer, guilt of not helping those suppressed would have engulfed us by now. The lense in social media has made most of us a vulture because had we been a samaritan, a poor and suppressed among us wouldn’t have been in a compromised position while being a celebrity overnight, unknowingly.
However, Not everything is lost. In this beautiful journey, while continuing to click for our future memories, we can choose to be a kind of stories that the world is in need. One person at a time can impact an individual, as a Samaritan in the Bible did.
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Suraj is a student of Applied Mathematics. He loves to call himself as a traveler and an author. He loves to sketch unexpressed stories of a random soul that he comes across. He also writes on Medium. You can find him on Twitter as authorsuraj and on his facebook page as The Suraj's.