It is with great sorrow and sadness that I write these words. One cannot begin to express how horrifying and revolting events such as what happened in Nice are. But I do not intend to mourn, to weep or pray; I do not blame a country, ethnicity or even a religion.
Despite the preceding lines I will not specifically address what happened in Nice, nor will I speak of the countless attacks we have witnessed in the past couple years. There were too many, yet too little received media coverage. This is about all the attacks which remained away from the spotlight and all those which, by happening in Europe, were broadcasted to almost every home in the world.
We live in a changing world, but it almost seems as if we are not evolving but retroceding. We live in a world that promotes equality, preaches freedom but at the same time we don’t fight intolerance; at least not nearly as we could, as we should. We teach children to respect and even to love your neighbour but most of us do it as a moral obligation. Most of us are still fueled by prejudice and stereotypes, not liking “the black” or frowning at the sight of a Muslim. Small actions, small thoughts like this pile up to an intolerant mindset.
Anyone who proclaims the solution for this tireless fight would be war, would be to burn our enemies’ land to the ground is not but his own enemy. For in that land innocent people await the day they will finally be free. Shall we destroy their homes, kill their families, have their lives as collateral damage? I refuse to hear that would have to be the price to pay: one life for another. We are all worth the same, we all have the right to live free, as long as we don’t interfere with anyone else’s freedom.
I said before I blamed no ethnicity nor religion. I take comfort in knowing I’m not alone, but still too many blame Muslims for the actions of a group of extremists despised by their own faith. They are no more to blame than ourselves.
So let’s fight this the best way we can. Let’s fight it not with guns, but with words, with actions, with tolerance. One of the smartest man who ever lived once said:
“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”
– Galileo Galilei
I most dearly believe we all have that tolerance, that love, within ourselves, that if we try it we can find it.
Take a moment to reflect on all those who were lost. To pity the victims of the attacks that happened till this very day, attacks you heard of and attacks which will forever be unknown. Pray if you are inclined to do so, cry if you must. Remember all those afflicted by all the wars taking place in our world. And then remember you are still alive. Remember you still have a chance to make things right, to make peace and not war.