l o v e . l i v e . t r a v e l. e a t. p r a i s e.
It’s hard to put into words the devastation and sadness the world is feeling right now upon hearing about the latest attacks in Paris.
Earlier I read an article about how when similar tragedies happen in other places such as Lebanon, it isn’t really broadcasted in countries such as America and Australia, and therefore not responded to as much by the Western world. The point the article was making was that as soon as something happens in such a popular and prominent location as Paris, the whole Western world is in uproar and hashtags like ‘#prayforparis’, go viral.
This doesn’t mean the attacks in places such as Lebanon aren’t significant. This doesn’t mean no one cares about the terrible situations people in other countries are finding themselves in everyday. It just means that attacks in places which are usually considered safe and peaceful, makes most people wake up and realise that the world is in a terrible state.
It suddenly becomes real to them. Places such as New York, London and Paris, are places which are usually peaceful and are therefore places a lot of people have probably travelled to. When you have been to a location, and stood on its soil, and been part of a place, even just temporarily, seeing these places under attack make it all the more real. That is not to discount the tragedies frequently happening in other locations. The lack of awareness and reports from these places is a valid point. However, it is understandable that when attacks in a place such as Paris happen, people from the Western world also living in generally peaceful places who rarely or never experience these things first hand, are able to identify with it more. This in turn does help to educate and make people more aware of the terrible situations our brothers and sisters are facing everyday, even when we aren’t hearing about it in the news or hash tagging it on social media.
So for anyone and everyone who has ever been affected by war and terrorist attacks, and is currently suffering in any capacity or location, we need to pray. We need to pray, and love, and hope. If we lose our faith in all of humanity and give up hope, we have nothing, and no reason to go on. We need to come together and make sure we are doing all we can to look after our brothers and sisters no matter where they are. And when we feel helpless and can’t do anything else, we simply need to bow our heads and pray.