‘The world is on fire’ is a sentence often referred to the last days. And it does feel like it too. The brutal attempts to divide people in Europe has somehow succeeded his goal. People in Europe are arguing and fighting with each other about religion, race and politics.
In Paris over 130 people have died in the terrorist attacks on 5 or 6 places. Terrible, terrible news and I would like to offer my deepest condoleances and sympathy to all hurt by this tragedy.
But it wasn’t the only tragedy that occurred that horrible Friday. (the 13th..) In Beirut there was a a big explosion as well. Loads of people were killed too, but somehow all the attention was focused to France. The same terrorist group IS/ISIS did claim full responsibility for this, but all the news centered around Paris.
In Nigeria as well there have been uproars and attacks.
In Japan there was a huge earthquake with a 7/10 on the Richter scale and again, little media attention was given to it. On twitter the #prayfor(paris/japan/beirut) was trending, but apart from that people didn’t get really informed about the other tragedies.
It’s not my intention to hurt feelings, but it’s just typical that some news seems more important than others and it just kept me thinking. The framing of the news is a really political thing.
#prayfor has stirred quite a few things up. People getting irritated by the ‘pray’ comment. “Why would you pray? Religion has caused this upset, this horrific scene. Why keep religion when it all it does is causing riot and bloody violence?”
It’s a often said comment the last days and it’s a very touching thought.
In my opinion this can lead to divergence between people who are religious and those who aren’t. I myself are religious, but I have no feeling of radicalism whatsoever. Don’t have the need to prove myself against so-called ‘infidels’ or other religions. I just want to be myself and if that’s is praying, that is what I want to do. What I am trying to say is that everyone has his/hers own opinion and manner of dealing with these atrocities. But don’t judge to quickly.
I know it isn’t the clearest of blogposts, but I just want to share my thoughts – how messy there are – and hope you people out there think about it as well. You don’t have to have my opinion, but dialogue is so important in these times. We have to talk to each other, that’s the only way we can live in these dark times.
And this winter, this winter of our discontent will transform and we will be able to quote shakespeare in full: Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York