Posts like these appear all the time: Some users wants you to type “Amen” to show compassion for a poor kid.
Here’s a new example:
Users share and like this picture, often asking you to type “amen”
Where does this picture come from?
Mimikama already wrote about this in 2016. It’s a 2011 photo by Paul Fusco. The boy depicted is named Sasha and was four and a half years old when this picture was taken. These pictures were shot in an orphanage in Belarus for the 25th anniversary of the Tschernobyl incident to show deformities caused by radioactive radiation.
Amen and begging for Likes
Nobody knows how the boy’s doing today. But this picture is 7 years old. Do you think this boy from Belarus would like this picture of him being shared by strangers all the time?
What do you think? Would he care about “amen”-comments? How useless are these “thoughts and prayers”? Directly translated “amen” means “that’s how it will be”. Usually it’s used for the end of christian prayers. If you think about it, typing “amen” could mean appreciating this condition.
And why though? Does this help the boy in any form? He most likely never sees any of these posts and comments. So why are people doing that?
Both sides get satisfaction out of it!
The one posting it is happy because of many Likes and Shares. These Likes work as positive confirmation, they get positive hormones out of it. They don’t care about stealing pictures from the net, they don’t seem to think they’re doing anything wrong at all, really. Only Likes and Shares matter. Virtual success. Plus Facebook pages with a lot of Likes can later be sold for good money.
And the users? They comment “amen” or “thoughts and prayers” and feel satisfied. They imagine themselves being better people from it and helping some poor soul. But this is completely useless. Yes, it would be more of an effort to actual spend money on an actual organization that helps people, but it’s way more easier to just type “amen” to a random photo on Facebook? Now the boy’s feeling better and can buy himself something to eat, right? That’s how this works, isn’t it?
No, it’s utterly useless to comment something like “amen” on pictures like these. Nobody gets any help out of it. The boy won’t even know his picture got stolen. You only make some random guy on the internet happy who shamelessly stole a picture and doesn’t care at all about any children in need.