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A friend posted this and I thought it was worth sharing on here.

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“Cosmetic revolutionarism, this should be a new hashtag. A friend of mine actually introduced me to the term about a year and a half ago. It’s very apt isn’t it? It surmises the majority of today’s freedom fighters quite appropriately. Today the world will stand against BOKO-HARAM, just as yesterday it stood against the atrocities in Ukraine and before that in Syria and before that? Wait what was before that by the way, I can’t seem to remember, well it’s not like it’s trending on my Twitter feed anymore, mite as well go back to some TV show or another.

Now let me ask you this, have you ever heard of the greatest generation? I’m sure you haven’t, not many people have you see, and those that have don’t really talk about them all that much anymore. Back in the old world, war forged men, it forged heroes, amidst a sea of corpses men and women rose up to the full height of their glory and fought back against oppression and injustices, they fought on soil that was not their own, with brothers and sisters they had never met before war brought them together. They were the greatest generation because they fought for something and continued fighting for it till the bitter end.

Now don’t get me wrong they did some God awful things, (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) but in the end the world stood together against a common enemy. They weren’t fictional characters or extra ordinary people, in actuality they were children who grow up in the poverty and struggle of the great depression of the 30’s, and when they were finally old enough to carve out some semblance of a life for themselves, bloodshed and war came to their doors and they simply answered.

Today however, bloodshed and war doesn’t come to our doors but they do come to our Television screens and our Twitter feeds, and on our Facebook walls. But what do we do? We hashtag the simplest phrase and move on, because that is enough, and sometimes it is. But what about when it’s not? Today’s public consciousness suffers from severe short-term memory loss. However there is a cure but you are probably not gonna like it. It’s called activism, how many of you keep up with the Kardashians? Why not keep up with the Syrians or keep up with the politics of your own country? Simply follow a cause, there are so many of them trust me, you want an end to Boko-haram then please don’t stop at #bringbackourgirls. No, go the extra mile; condemn the Nigerian government that allowed them to be in such a situation in the first place, go after the establishment don’t get amnesia simply because the media loses interest, you are the new media. Cosmetic revolutionaries we aren’t bad people, we are good people actually but we could be better people. And you don’t even have to quit your day job.”

By Musa Oladapo Giwa