I do not understand violence. I’ve never understood it and I never will. But most importantly, I do not understand why things have to culminate in violence. People are hardly ever born evil.
My heart goes out to the victims of the Nice attacks and their families. My heart also goes out to the rest of the world. For we have now another huge tragedy to add to the never ending list of violent brutalities inflicted upon human kind. It almost seems like a routine now- we live our lives, hear terrible, hear terrible, grotesque, heart-wrenching news, #pray, feel sad for the victims, feel grateful to still be alive. How did we let this happen?
If you’re familiar with sociology, you’d probably know that everything we do and everything that happens is a product of society. Which is why I mentioned earlier on that no one is born evil. While I do not condone the actions of terrorists and people who resort to crime and evil in this world, why did they have to turn towards mass harming others in the first place? As human beings, we are all selfish. It’s makes sense evolutionarily for us to be selfish. And as selfish people, we have built a society that excludes/extorts/oppresses/puts the blame on anyone but ourselves. We bully each other and put each other down for our own self-centered agendas. To put it simply, don’t we all terrorize one another in our own little ways? The ‘terrorism’ that we know of today is an extreme, globally-scaled version that has spun out of control. But even as thousands and thousands of people die, we still have not learnt that it is not okay for anyone to force their ideologies on others. Terrorists and hate groups do all of that outright and in the open, but I think we all know that hate and intolerance take many different forms, albeit less obvious.
So I really think that we should all take a second to observe ourselves and our society and not take life as we know it for granted. No one wins when there is hate. Everyone is responsible for each other’s lives; there is no longer room for selfishness in this day and time.
Note: I really really feel for all the victims of all the recent tragedies. It keeps me up at night just thinking about how everything has spun out of control and how the families affected must be feeling right now. I understand that this is not a very well written post but I just felt like a needed to put my thoughts into conversation. While prayers may hopefully help the victims and their families find peace, conversation and action will help bring them justice.