Tweeting your prayers doesn’t help anyone, says Sarah Silverman.
It has become a knee-jerk reaction for the social media masses to ‘pray’ for whoever is the latest victim of some awful disaster, be it man-made or otherwise.
But as the world seems to see so much tragedy and destruction recently, people are being called out on their outpouring of apparent grief.
Showing condolences on social media is just about the tackiest form of expression that has come from the digital age, and while people accepted online condolences at first, they have become a source of ridicule among those with a more shrewd eye on the world.
‘Pray for Paris’ was a hashtag which took hold of twitter in the wake of the appalling terrorist attacks in Paris in Nov 2015 as the world seemed to want to help those that had been affected in the only way they felt they could.
As more terror attacks unfolded across the world as they seem likely to continue to do so, the hashtags were always there to follow. People seemed to try to out-do one another with how much they cared, and were praying for victims across the world.
But the hashtag did what it does best, and evolved so that people were ‘praying’ for minor events, and then for victims of natural disasters. Naturally, the enemy of a natural disaster is a climate change activist armed with facts about how the man-made damage to the environment is doing untold harm to the Earth and is responsible for the wild weather systems that have been wreaking havoc on much of America is recent years.
Ironically, the climate change naysayers are the same individuals out there ‘praying’ for whoever’s house just got wiped out by a freak hurricane.
‘Praying for…’ hasn’t actually ever helped anyone in the way in which they need help, healing a bullet-wound or re-building a house.
Sarah Silverman used her high profile to point out the ridiculousness of the ‘pray for’ trend, sharing a meme which urges people do something pro-active in the name of change – to vote for the politicians who act in the name of science, not religion.