Someone asked me today my view on the Paris tragedy. I share my response:
Of course it’s a tragedy; it always is when lives are lost in such a vile and senseless manner. It’s important to remember though that Paris is one city and that thousands have been murdered in cold blood by the evil hands of terrorism.
In fact, it is estimated that 33,000 lives were lost to terrorist activities during 2014. When you look at it like that, one might say that Paris was small fry. But when just one life is wiped out by a terrorist, it’s one life too many. Some have asked why a prayer for France and not for Iraq or Pakistan or Beirut… I suppose it has to do with the fact that we feel for what we can relate to.
France is in Europe, on our doorstep as it were. We have a history and many of us have been there. Very often we need to see something to believe something. Pakistan, Iraq and Beirut feels like a world away and therefore we find it easier to look past what happens there. I am not saying it’s right to do so. I am saying it’s very often, sadly, although somewhat understandably, part of human nature. If a family member dies today you wouldn’t expect all 7,000000,000000 people on this planet to pray for your deceased loved one.
Unfortunately we are bombarded with horrific scenes day in and day out, and in the end our brains simply cannot comprehend what we are witnessing. We become blind-sided by the hell we find ourselves in, and desperately we search for something better. My thoughts are with all victims worldwide, but Paris is on my doorstep and although my heart says I should stand for all, my head says deal with what is close to you. France is in Europe and so am I. It is then, part of my family, relatively speaking of course.
There are also some who say the attacks were fake. Like some say the London bombing or 9/11 was a fake; that the governments of these countries set things up to stir up some sort of un-godly soup that we can all drown in.
Seriously though, I mean…seriously. At the end of the day we have to remember that we are all human and that we have to work together…we share this planet. We don’t own it. We borrow it so that the next generation can borrow it.
But if these terrorist groups win, we will have nothing to hand down to our children. We need to come to terms with the world we now live in, need to hold our heads up high and wipe these scum terrorists away once and for all.
Until next time,