damascus, syria + a rant

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley, syria, damascus, homs, rant

Dear Anonymous,

I received your comment yesterday, but I refrained from publishing it because I prefer to celebrate beauty and all things inspirational and aspirational on i am not a celebrity, and what you wrote fit into none of these categories.

Your ugly words were full of prejudice and condescension. You accused me of not caring or knowing about what goes on in the world outside of my ‘narrow‘, ‘vapid‘ and ‘frivolous‘ interests. You sited the civil war in Syria as an example. You suggested that I wouldn’t be able to find Homs on a map.

While I refuse to defend myself to you, your poor judgement and cowardice have reminded me of an important lesson: when you make assumptions based on limited knowledge it renders you stupid.

With sincerity,

Kate

PS. To all my other readers, I thought you might enjoy some of the pictures I took on a trip to Damascus (which is about 160kms south of Homs) in  2009. Syria was relatively peaceful then. The people were so beautiful and welcoming. What’s happening in their country now is heart breaking. May the violence stop immediately, insha’Allah.

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8 thoughts on “damascus, syria + a rant

  1. Kalleen

    I found this through my friend Steve and as someone who was in Syria in late 2010 and had one of the most amazing holidays of my life. I would like to thank you for posting some lovely images. I have wonderful memories of Damascus and every time I see Syria on the news now, I feel sadness and a sense of horror as the people we met were such kind and friendly people. I hope one day I will be able to go back.

    KK

  2. Deanne Kalda

    I know I’m not the only one when I say that you are one of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know. I’m not just saying this because someone chose to judge you based on no evidence whatsoever. However, I too really only like to engage in positive and inspiring things here so that is all I need to say. I Love you my friend and always enjoy the beauty you capture in your images. xxx

  3. Roland

    Its funny in a way. Clearly that person doesn’t know you were an international security and risk advisor before. Well, whatever to them.

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