Yesterday, Paris experienced incomprehensible violence all over the city. Once again we are we left with questions, pain and many people who lost their lives too soon. It is a terrible thing, watching as hate fueled attacks become increasingly common. The biggest question is, how do we move forward from this? On an individual level, how do we fix this?
Part of me wanted to be silent, to honor the victims of this indiscriminate violence. Yet I knew I needed to say something. As a writer, it is my duty to interpret the world. I have grown up in a world where we know terror and violence. September 11 fell on the eve of my 11th birthday, and fourteen years later I am no closer to understanding what makes people do such things. Sometimes we will never understand, and often there is no good reason to begin with. All you can do is mourn the victims, and move forward. There is nothing we can do to change other peoples hatred. What we can do is change how we look at our world.
We need to condemn these acts, yet we need to keep from falling into the same traps of hatred that define the Radical Islamic State. We need to remember who we are. We live in counties defined by Freedom, Equality and Justice. The Western world needs to rise above this hatred and show the world our understanding and compassion. We need to set an example of what humanity can be. Thinking about that today, I got my answer. There are things all of us can do to make our world a better place.
Be strong and brave.
Help where you can.
Say I love you too much.
Make someones day better.
Hug your loved one tight.
Practice compassion and understanding.
And most importantly.
Be a light in the darkness.