What if, instead of click to LIKE, it was click to CARE?
What if, instead of growling about the inhumane treatment of animals posted on our feed, instead of clicking like, we click Care? Then can we drive by the shelter without stopping to volunteer to pet the poor creatures?
What about the person who posts about caring for her invalid 24-7 and needs a break? We understand. We’d like to lend a hand. We click like. The like will cheer her up, help her in some remote way. But what about a caregiver who lives nearby? Click care and do something for this one.
Facebook is an amazing medium that can take us to the homeless, show us the neglected, introduce us to services, and share with us the wonderful things other people do for their causes. It helps to rehome lost items or pets, and makes us laugh. It takes us to faraway sights and sounds and needs.
It’s also an escape, a salve for our conscience, a release vent, an excuse; and it can be quite anonymous. Just click like and we’re off the hook. Share our feelings, show our concern to fb friends, and scroll on. We need to find those same needs nearby, click Care, and get out of our chairs.
I have a friend, Liz View, who quilts Valor Quilts that are delivered to hospitalized veterans. If you saw one on fb you’d click like. They are beautiful, and a wonderful project, and we always LIKE veteran posts on fb, don’t we? But what if we clicked Care?
I like every veteran post that shows on my feed. But now I’ve clicked Care. This will be my service for the new year. When I’m not writing or selling books, I’ll be working on a Valor Quilt.
My point is: Like is passive. Care requires action. Like is impersonal. Care is personal. In just thirty days we’ll all be announcing our resolutions for 2015. For my resolution I’m going to click Care.