Whining over the #PrayForItaly campaign

I apologise beforehand for what I’m about to write, because I might write something that might not be 100% polite, but I can’t take it anymore.

Sadly there are a lot of earthquakes and slaughters in the world. Everybody remembers Paris, Brussels and Orlando in the past few months, and it’s only a few of them.

Every time something bad happens, Twitter fills up with the hashtag #PrayFor and the city or the country affected. First of all, I’m not talking about religion or real prayers here so, no Bible rant ahead. You’re safe!

Every time I see the #PrayFor hashtag I see a lot of people tweeting their thoughts and their hearts out. But every time there’s somebody whining on Twitter about the #PrayFor campaign.

The 2016 Italian earthquake in Amatrice is what I’m talking about here. The #PrayForItaly campaign.

Look at that, this is ridiculous!

Communication 101 is what this kind of people need as well as some serious anger management.

Like I said, I’m not talking about real prayers here. It’s clear enough that all the people tweeting #PrayFor aren’t really praying. And yes, of course concrete help like donation, food supplies, water and whatnot is essential. I’d be a fool if I said the opposite.

But goodness sake, these people whining over the #PrayFor hashtag need to realise a couple of things.

First off, not everyone is in the position to help concretely for different and personal reasons. You can’t complain about that, everybody gives what they can. But if someone uses the #PrayFor hashtag guess what they’re giving.

Support.

Supporting is no different than retweeting, and you aren’t complaining about retweets, are you? By supporting with the #PrayFor campaign and retweeting content you think it’s worth to be shared, you’re creating a world wide network (how funny!) of information and attention to the given problem or event. And, thanks to supporting and retweeting, the news can spread all over the world, and the news can talk about it and more people are in the position to help.

By whining over the #PrayFor you’re refusing support from those who want to bring attention to you and you’re basically saying “If you can’t help with money or supplies, then f*ck you!”.

This is even simpler than Communication 101.

I don’t care if you believe that the “pray” means actually religiously praying, saying a Hail Mary or worshipping on Sunday morning and I don’t care if you have a problem with this, but again, you have to understand that in the case of #PrayFor “pray” actually means more “support” and “hope” and whatnot.

You’re whining over supporting, the internet given to pigs. It’s an outrage that in this moment there are people who are complaining about this.

And it’s even more an outrage that ALL OF THEM who are whining are my countrymen, people who are countrymen of those who died in the earthquake.

For goodness sake, use Twitter wisely. Tweet out that firemen rescued 241 lives after working 3 days incessantly. Tweet out phone numbers and websites to donate money. Tweet out something useful to help, since you’re whining that you need help and not “prayers”.

If in this moment you’re tweeting to whine, you don’t deserve Twitter or Facebook or Instagram or the internet.


That being said, if you haven’t donate and want to, first of all thank you for helping out my country in this dark hour.

If you are Italian or non-Italian but you have an Italian SIM Card and you’re currently within the Italian territory, you can text 45500 and make a donation to Protezione Civile (“Public Safety”, “Civil Protection”).

If you’re outside Italy but speak Italian, you can make a free donation to the Italian Red Cross. The link is here: http://www.cri.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/31392

To use your currency, please check out this page (in English) https://www.ammado.com/fundraiser/italy-eq/donate Funds will go to the Italian Red Cross.

Also, there’s a short but helpful article by Cnn.com on how to help victims even if you’re far away. Check it out here http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/24/world/iyw-italy-earthquake-how-to-help/index.html

Lastly, please check your local points if you can send out food, water or blood. I’d post a link, but I guess it’s different for every country.

Thank you!

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