Why talk about the war in Ukraine is not cheap

  1. Make sure that you are informed and stay informed. Obviously you can’t convey what you don’t know. Some concrete suggestions of how to that are here.
  2. Aim to have at least one meaningful conversation about the war each day. Ideally, it should be with a younger person, but use any opportunity you have to spread the truth. You can start the conversation with something as simple as “Have you read about the massacre in Bucha?” and take it from there. Even if the person turns out to be already informed, you’ve made a difference by showing your support and leading by example!
  3. Use language that makes it clear who is the perpetrator and who is the victim. Something as simple as saying “unprovoked invasion of Ukraine” instead of “war in Ukraine” already carries an important message (and Putin knows the importance of words, having dubbed the invasion a “special military operation”). At this point, the term “war crimes” should also be non-controversial. And you don’t even have to engage in a full conversation about the war to adopt this strategy. Just use clearer terms at any point you mention the war and avoid temptation to “tone things down.”
  4. Post about the war in places where the war is not being discussed. I’ll admit that it’s a lot more comfortable for me to post about the war on Twitter where everyone seems engaged in war discussions than on Facebook, where people’s posts seem to be mostly about travel, kids’ latest shenanigans, and work. But that is exactly where more information is needed. So please join me in committing ourselves to regularly interrupting our friends’ feeds with a bit of less-than-joyful reality. I know it may be uncomfortable. But if we can’t bear a bit of discomfort to help suffering Ukrainians, how can we hope to be of real help?

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