Last night, numerous places around the world were victim to a number of horrific terrorist attacks. Today, the world reels as it processes and strives to figure out what, exactly, happened, giving a timeline to the madness.
Here’s the BBC’s attempts to collate a time line of what occurred in Paris last night: “What We Know“
My thoughts, like so many others around the world, are with the victims and the citizens, not only of Paris, but of Lebanon and Baghdad as well. Don’t allow borders to separate us in this time of human suffering and loss; we are all human, after all.
— Steve Russell (@stevetendo) November 14, 2015
My view on this is pretty straight forward.
I am a product of multicultural up bringing. This is reflected in how I am as a person, the way I look at the world, and the way I do every day things whether it’s writing, relaxing, communicating, or whatever.
I like to consider myself an open, liberated soul when it comes to how to treat other people. I do not judge or make judgement based on preconceived ideas of who I might think you are, based on religious belief or skin colour. I wholeheartedly believe that self entitled, deluded assholes exist across the entire spectrum that comprise humanity.
Your belief doesn’t make you an asshole. Your politics don’t make you an asshole. Your skin colour doesn’t make you an asshole.
Sometimes, unfortunately, people are just assholes, with a remarkable need to thrust their beliefs/opinions in your face. Borders don’t dictate this.
If there’s one thing I want to express with this quick post, as the world showcases humanity’s beautiful ability to come together in tragedy, it’s this:
Don’t be a dick. Don’t become an asshole.
We all have our issues, we all have our ambitions, and we all have to cope and deal with our failures; but at least, today, we are alive to do so.
In the face of these horrible acts, be grateful that today you have the opportunity to hold or see your loved ones. Others aren’t so lucky.