Am I really going to talk about cat memes for the second time in my last three blog posts?
Too late. I’ve already started.
The entertainment value of posting cat pictures is widely documented. It works in practically any situation.
Including, as the fine people of Brussels, Belgium have shown us in recent days, when a nation is on high alert of the threat of terrorism.
Last week’s Paris attacks have had far-reaching implications, including in neighboring Belgium, the location where not only the suspected (and recently deceased) mastermind of the attacks grew up, but where other suspects implicated in the carnage are believed to be hiding.
Consequently, the typically thriving and tourist infested city has been paralyzed in recent days as Belgian military and police scour the area. Residents have been told to stay inside, and schools, museums, markets and public transportation have all been closed. During the hunt, 21 people have been detained, and police on Tuesday tweeted a photo of a man whose capture has clearly has become a top priority.
In cooperation with their search, police urged residents to not post any information of their whereabouts on social media out of concern that it may tip off terrorists.
But in today’s technological age, it seems like an unrealistic request, doesn’t it? People are obsessed with social media and receiving up-to-the-second news. Asking them to resist posting information on it is like asking Nicki Minaj to stop making bad music. It’s just what they do.
However, not only have the Belgians obeyed the request, but they’ve done so with a great sense of lightheartedness and levity — by posting humorous cat photos alongside the hash tag #BrusselsLockdown.
It’s provided a way for people to connect with their countrymen during a fearful time, and I can’t think of any better way to utilize cat photos than this.
Even the police subtly got in on the fun by thanking its residents on Twitter alongside a photo of cat food.
I feel like if an American city was on lockdown, and police requested secrecy, some despicable blogger would post an update of their coordinates every two minutes.
Hey, don’t look at me! I’m not that big of a douche.
But I just want to take this moment to say that Belgians have won some serious respect from me. Even in the midst of terror, they’re able to show some personality and spirit. Before this, the only Belgian commodity I held in high regard was waffles. Not any more.
And it just goes to show — we may all look differently and speak different languages, but we’re all united in the name of silly cat memes.
ISIS, you can never take that away from us.