I spent most of my day doing research and writing a post about the tragedies that occurred in Baghdad, Beirut, and Paris in the last couple of days, but at the end of it, I didn't feel like it was particularly thought provoking, or useful for healing. I'll just give the summary instead:
- Remember, Paris wasn't the only place that was attacked in the last three days.
- I'm sharing a picture from my time in Paris and not any photos from Baghdad or Beirut because unfortunately I haven't been to either of those cities.
- Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia are terrible, and if you think that Islam is the reason behind any of these attacks, you can gtfo.
- Refugees didn't cause these attacks. The refugees are running from the people who committed all of these attacks. DUH.
- If you really think all of those refugees are terrorists, you'd think the hundreds of thousands of them that are already in Europe would have used their vast numbers to commit a large scale act of terrorism/invasion. Oh, they haven't? Well that's probably because they're not terrorists and they're just people like you and me who don't want to be killed by the US, Russia, Syria, or the Islamic State.
- I was thinking about this photo in the context of current events and I thought of it as both symbolizing strength and resilience, but also a somewhat ominous symbol of the greater challenges refugees will have making their way to safety, especially in France, after these attacks.
- It's really easy to consider yourself in the same situation as the refugees, and having compassion for them because you realize that you'd never want to be in that situation.
- Please just love each other.