If you want to know how numb we are to devastating news, take a look at what happened Thursday night.
President Trump directed his first major act of war, authorizing 59 tomahawk missiles to strike a Syrian air base. The action was in response to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad deploying chemical weapons on his own civilians.
Trump said on Wednesday,
I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me — big impact. That was a horrible, horrible thing. And I've been watching it and seeing it, and it doesn't get any worse than that.
So, yeah... things don't get much more serious than this Syria conflict. Don't tell that to Twitter, though.
As news broke about the military's actions in the Middle East, people immediately took to social media to freak out, commencing a trending hashtag.
By now, you should know in which form that anxiety manifested itself: memes, and lots of them.
The jokes came together to form one big party, or shall I say the #AmericaIsOverParty.
Our generation copes with serious conflict through the internet, because what would we do without hashtags?
We've become so desensitized to war.
Here, you have a serious attack against Syria. Because of that attack, some are fearing the worst; that it could lead to an all-out war....
And what do people do in response? Create more memes, of course.
This is definitely one of those moments that tells us something about #ThisGeneration. Of course, I say #ThisGeneration sarcastically. That's because when someone begins a sentence with the words "this generation," something vague and imprecise usually follows.
This time, though, I think I'm justified in saying young people have been numb to the idea of our country's involvement in war.
We've been fighting an unjust war since 9/11.
Just think about it.
People who grew up during the late 70s, the 80s, and 90s were pretty much gucci when it came to experiencing peaceful time. Granted, there was the Cold War, Desert Storm and a few other foreign conflicts.
Still, there's a HUGE difference.
We've literally been fighting something, somewhere nonstop since 9/11. We sent our troops to Iraq for over a decade, for weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist.
We lean on the internet to relieve our stress.
The constant updates of every single development in every conflict give us the perfect recipe for becoming numb to this kind of news.
Many people are shocked, sure. But others are inclined to laugh through the pain.
Simply put, our stress relief now comes in the form of internet jokes (using 140 characters or less), no matter how bad the issue.
Feel like the Civil Rights movement has been mocked? Tell a joke.
Feel like an election will mean the end of us all? Tell a joke.
That's just the way things go now... and none of this should be normal.