I had another post planned for today but as I sit here tonight (writing this Wednesday night) after the horrendous events of the day in Paris, I can’t help but know that this post is important to write and one that I feel is immensely due considering my love for the French capital. It’s no secret on this blog that I adore Paris and France in general and in my love for it, my heart goes out to everyone there, everyone involved, everyone that’s outraged, everyone that is completely broken hearted. I too am broken hearted because once again our world is rocked with violence and ignorance and completely senseless horrors. Once again we are brought to our knees, once again blood is spilled in our cities, once again the horrific beliefs and acts of a small minority in our world cause hurt in the majorities. Once again our safety is tested, once again our strength is tested, once again we are forced to ask why and how can these such atrocious acts happen in our current world?
Terrorists today have the power to take a moment from us, to do incredible harm and to lash out at a world they don’t have any right to occupy any part of, but what they cannot take from us is our faith, our resolve, our morals, our rights, our belief in a better world, in a world that someday might exist, in a world where senseless violence does not occur, a world where the next generation might not know bigotry, where they might not know hate.
I have seen hundreds of pictures on this story as news has trickled in, but perhaps the most moving are the crowds gathering all over the world to stand up against this horrendous act. Thousands of people, from different countries, different parts of the world, people that didn’t know the victims, but people that have banded together to hold up signs proclaiming “Je Suis Charlie,” the hashtag that has swept the internet in solidarity of this tragic event. 3 gunmen committed heinous crimes in Paris on Wednesday morning, but thousands and thousands of people have rallied against them, thousands have answered the call to come together, to tell the world that this is not alright, that this cannot keep happening. These 3 gunmen, just like their leaders and followers are, they are a small, tiny and cowardly percentage of the world and what we must remember today and always is that we as humans have incredible power to come together, to fight to save our world from violence and hate and ignorance. We have the power to come together, just like so many have come together to show support for Paris in their time of need, to change this world we call home, to promote love and understanding and build a better society than the one we have inherited.
And so I will close with prayers and thoughts sent toward Paris, toward France and to all those immediately affected by this horrible crime. But I also will send my prayers and thoughts to humanity, that we may find a better way, that we may find the power in coming together, the power in fighting for a better world. May Paris find a way to heal tonight and may everyone across the world know we stand with them, Je Suis Charlie.