An open letter to the rest of the world,
So here I am, lying awake at 5am, my mind reeling from what I have read. From what I know, and what I don’t.
I wasn’t going to write about this as I felt it was not my place. I’m not qualified nor am I educated enough on the subject to make worthwhile comment. But therein lies the problem, we should all take note and we should all make comment.
What is happening around us? What is happening to our planet, what is happening to our people? Why have things turned out this way and why do they keep happening?
These questions we must ask.
Friday the 13th of November 2015 was a day of terror, a day of loss around the world.
In one day we lost more than 100,000 innocent beings, lives that we’re not yet meant to end, lives stopped short.
Although many of these lives were lost due to natural disaster, a large proportion fell at the hands of men. For years to come, France will feel the tremor of those lost to us. To power phrase, Obama, this attack was on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.
But I have to say despite these heart wrenching 24 hours, I have been touched by the solidarity displayed around the world. The thoughts and kind wishes, the displays exhibited by everyone from friends, family and strangers to larger organisations like Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, amazon to name a few!
What a sad news to wake up to…. #PrayForParis 🇫🇷
— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) November 14, 2015
These are so many questions left unanswered, for us, for the family, for the friends, for the survivors and to those that will feel the pain for years to come. Of all the things we don’t know, we do know that we have to unite. We have to ensure that the fear, the grief, and the anger does not poison us, does not pollute the choices that we make. We, and when I say we I mean the people of the world, not limited by nation, race, religion or continent. We must remain as a united front, to help those impacted by these events and to stop the preventable ones from happening again.
To quote myself, ‘It’s like a war of the Gods, but men have taken the mantle.’
Friday the 13th of November is a day I will always remember.