My heart feels very heavy today. The past three days alone we have seen so much carnage and a complete disregard for human life. On November 12th, 43 people were killed in Lebanon. On November 13th, 26 people were killed in Iraq and 129 were killed in France. And in the past year, the same monsters have killed thousands in Syria.
I remember as a little girl when I was first learning about World War II, I used to wonder what it must have been like to be alive during that time period. How did those around the world feel about all of the cruelty and killing going on? Did they feel as helpless and devastated as I do now?
With all the devastation surrounding these events, it’s a bit of a relief to see the humanity shining through and people stepping up to help strangers. Generous Parisians united and used the hashtag #PorteOuverte on twitter to offer shelter to any of those in need. Then across the ocean, Americans used the hashtag #StrandedinUS and opened their homes to Parisians whose flights were cancelled and were stranded in the US. These small gestures give me more hope that not all is lost and there is still much good in this world.
Right now my thoughts are with the friends and families of those that have lost their lives. I pray that we are able to heal and come out stronger so we can unite and defend ourselves from those that are empty of any compassion, love or human decency. I also pray that more innocent lives are not lost because of further ignorance and treachery.
I hope these events give you a sense of obligation to be more proactive and volunteer, donate, vote, educate yourself, protest and protect those that need our help around the world. I know it does for me. If we want this world to change for the better, we need to unite and do it together.