Creating my happy life on the other side of fear.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

The world comes together


We have all seen the horrifying images from Paris about the attacks that happened on Friday the 13th.
I never discuss politics on my blog, and rarely in real life; it's a difficult topic, with people having strong opinions, and I don't like getting entangled in discussions that lead nowhere (in my opinion). 

However, I feel as deeply disturbed by the tragedies that happened like everybody else does, and I want to talk about two things.  

One: Violence has to stop. Hate generates more hate. The more we "fight back", the more we invite further fighting. It's a vicious cycle that will never stop. Only love can stop war. I'm not the first one to say that: People much smarter than me have said it before.

Mahatma Gandhi:
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."
Maya Angelou:
"Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet."
Nelson Mandela:
"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner." 
Pope Francis:
"We wonder how can it come to the heart of man to conceive of and carry out such horrible events...
... the road of violence and hatred does not resolve humanity's problems. And using the name of God to justify this road is blasphemy." 


Two: As awful as these tragedies are, they have one remarkable side effect: The world comes together. As Albus Dumbledore has said:
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
Shortly after the attacks happened, the world showed their support for France.
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany (source)
Opera house in Sydney, Australia (source)
City hall in San Francisco, US (source)
Niagra Falls, Canada (source)
London Eye, England (source)
Milan, Italy (source)
Candles at the French  Consulate in Barcelona, Spain (source)
Tel Aviv, Israel (source)

And, maybe most powerful of all: Members of the German-Tunisian association holding signs condemning the deadly Paris attacks during a gathering in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
source
The signs read: "We are Tunisians. We are against terror."
"ISIS does not represent Islam"
"We are Muslims. We are against terror."

It is important to remember that terrorist attacks don't represent an entire religion, or state, or country. These are the actions of a few mad fanatics, they don't reflect the opinion of the majority of people.

These images from around the world gave me hope that our world is not completely evil, but has so much good in it.
I believe in our world. I believe in the good in people. I believe that we should never give up hope.

Art work by Jean Jullien
Let's all spread light, love and hope, not hatred.

Lots of love,





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