I am compelled by the heaviness in my heart today to write this post. Another day with lives lost to senseless terrorism disguised in a commitment to a blind faith or dedication to a cause promising adulation by virginal maidens on the sacrifice made. I am making the assumption that this vile act of hate will be claimed by ISIS or another linked group and If I am wrong then I will stand corrected. However, we, as a global community are becoming accustomed to the fact that these devastating atrocities trace back to these extremists and their unconscionable desire to kill and maim in the name of their cause. And please remember, their cause is not Islam – their cause is not about any true belief for the betterment of any group. Their cause is power, violence, greed and chaos. Their power is pain.
I’ve sat here all day with this running through the back of my mind and I’ve thought about what I can do to combat this… What can I do from my desk here in Dublin? or my home in Meath? or my blog online? And the only answer I consistently come up with is… You catch more flies with Honey than Vinegar! If you feed Darkness with Darkness… it only grows… however if you introduce light, however small, that darkness gives – even by a trace. The only way to oppose such blatant hatred is to display blatant unity and love. Now, don’t switch off on me and think ‘Jaysus!! She’s gone all airy fairy – I’m off!!’. I always think about things in terms of balance… Negativity is hugely prevalent on a global scale through fear and sadness and anger right now and for some time with the element of terrorism that has been growing. These are emotions we must all feel and deal with – we can’t avoid that. We cannot allow them to turn into retaliation and hate however, because then we feed the beast. One way to counteract the destructive aftermath is to reach out to our fellow global citizens in solidarity and peace and support each other in any way we can in the face of this adversity. There is massive emotional and integral strength in unity and support and this, IMHO, is the key in our mental survival going forward.
SPREAD THE LOVE!
For those of us that missed the 60’s … now’s our chance to re-engage the Free Love ideal (though I’m not personally endorsing going beyond hugging OK… virtual or otherwise!! lol) Don’t feel helpless or defeated by events that happen in other countries – we can all make a difference by treating those around us and the people we meet everyday with humanity and respect. To rephrase someone else and some other time… Everyone – no matter who you are – Everyone can make a difference.
Lots of Love and Hugs…. Helena x