In the last week, the world has seen atrocity after atrocity. We have seen pain, destruction, and the true horrors of our society and of humanity. However, in this dark time, we have also seen an influx of hope. We have seen a population of people who will stand together in the world's hour of need. But why must it have to get this bad before we realise that we're better together?
I stand in solidarity with all those in Paris, and Lebanon and Syria, and believe me, I have been praying that God would intervene in this, but it's hard to just sit still and pray. Surely we should be acting, instead of just waiting for a higher power to do the work for us? However, I find it so hard to know what it is that I can actually do to help, but also to know what it is that I should be doing. I'm not equipped to go out to the warzones, or to provide medical care, or to persuade the government to do something about the refugees who desperately seek solace.
I'm not equipped to do those things, but I'm pretty sure that out there, there is someone that is. This is why it is so fundamental that we stand together in times of crisis. Each of us have been given different skills and talents, and when our world is so desperate for help- it needs every form of help it can get, and we must band together and use our individuality to help inspire change and help. Something John Green once said in one of his YouTube videos, and something that really speaks to me is this: "The world I want to live in won't come about by me looking away." That is so ridiculously true! How can we expect change if we are not planning to implement it?
The thing I think that needs to change the most is our attitude. Already, since ISIS have taken responsibility for the attacks in Paris; Muslims all over the world have had to suffer for it. Why is it that we as humans feel the need to blame an entire religious group for the actions of a few? I get so frustrated when people mistake my beliefs for those of extremists such as the Westboro Baptist Church, but I can only begin to imagine the hardship of the Islamic people. Terrorists and extremists are not representative of Islam. I'm going to say it again, for all the people who didn't hear in the back- Terrorists and extremists are not representative of Islam. Luckily most people remember this, and these are the people who right now really need to come together to be educating the ignorant, but also to offer their support to innocent Muslims who are finding themselves under siege.
The world has shown a massive amount of support for those who are grieving in Paris, and rightly so; but why is it that it takes a crisis this big, and this close to home for people to wake up to what's happening in the world around us? We are so much stronger together than apart, and that has been made so abundantly clear in the way that we have responded to the tragedies in the last week. However, as people remove the French flag from their Facebook profile pictures, let us not fall back into a state of apathy and detachment.
My prayer is not just for the people of Paris, but for all of us. My prayer is that we would stand united as humanity, not just now when things are at its worst, but constantly. May we constantly be a people who offer our support, compassion and love to those suffering. Be it small issues, or colossal; my prayer is that we would be a people who care so deeply, that we can no longer ignore the world beyond ourselves.
I hope some of this was coherent, and God Bless to all those in the countries affected by the recent attacks.