After the tragic shooting in Paris on Wednesday, there has been a wave of support around the world for Charlie Hebdo.
Je suis Charlie. I am Charlie.
But what does that even mean? Am I really Charlie? What have I ever done to support free speech and reject tyranny.
As has become the custom after any atrocity, a hashtag is born. Remember #bringbackourgirls? Did you do anything other than just retweet it? I didn’t.
What about #jesuischarlie then?
So far, I’ve refrained from tweeting about it because I’m not Charlie.
I haven’t ever really done anything to promote free speech or freedom of expression.
I live in a comfortable bubble in a safe Western democracy. I program computers and write a blog. I barely leave the safety of my keyboard.
I take my safety a little for granted. Maybe it’s time to change that.
A hashtag is easy but it won’t change the world.