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.
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.
All images © Kate McAuley