Today’s news of the terror attacks in Paris and the tragic loss of so many lives has shocked the world.
Parisians have united in the face of yet another tragedy – after a year that has seen the Charlie Hedbo massacre and other attacks – and they are standing together in solidarity as their city comes under attack again. Residents have taken to social media offering their homes as refuges to one another, using the hashtag #PorteOuverte (‘Open Door’), and it’s been reported that soccer fans at Stade de France joined together in defiance to sing the national anthem, ‘Le Marseillaise’ – itself a call for the protection of liberty and freedom – whilst evacuating the stadium following multiple attacks nearby.
At the same time, much of the global community is standing in solidarity with France. People and media outlets worldwide are showing their support on Twitter, Instagram and other social media with hashtags like #JeSuisParis and #PrayForParis.
It’s become an unfortunate reality of life in the 21st century that such attacks are becoming more commonplace. I’m not going to get into the politics of it, nor am I going to talk about the extremism that is suspected to be behind these attacks because, frankly, many religions have a small group of extremists that give a bad name to the majority.
I simply want to say one thing. People are people. We may look different to one another, we may speak different languages, we may have different faiths and beliefs, yet we all look the same on the inside. We all bleed red. We all love. We all hope. We all laugh. We all cry. We all die.
We live in a world of uniqueness, and it is our uniqueness that brings depth and colour to the human race. Without it, we would not have art, literature, music, or even religion. Trying to force others to believe in what you believe through violent means or, worse yet, murdering those who don’t share the same beliefs, is downright stupid (not to mention pure evil). We’ve been killing one another over religion for thousands of years. It must stop.
My heart goes out to the victims and their families and loved ones, and to all of Paris – may she know peace again soon.