Why can’t everyone see the value of a precious human life? A sibling, parent, grandparent, teacher, cousin, or friend to someone? Every single life on this planet matters. There are 7 billion reasons why this Earth is a special place, and Earth is a little less incredible when that number drops to 6,999,999,999. Every single human being has their own unique ideas and perspectives on the world, and everyone matters to someone. When that bomber killed those 128 innocent civilians, he killed the souls of the parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends of each of those victims. If each victim knew 100 people, that would be 12,800 people affected by these attacks, and if each of the people that the victim knew had 100 loved ones, that would be 1,280,000 people affected. The circle of victims just keeps expanding, but these numbers can barely begin to explain the loss felt by the whole world after these attacks. The thing about human loss is that when one human life is lost, everyone else can feel it. Even if we have never met the person that was killed, we know that the person was special and close with someone else and that the person had a unique perspective and ideas about how to make the world a better place. The amazing thing about humanity is our unique ability to feel compassion and love. When children are young and free from the prejudices of the world, they naturally love everyone and everything around them. Children of all different races, cultures, and beliefs can play together and love each other all equally. Children aren’t born with the capacity to hate in their hearts; hate must be taught to them by the adults in their lives. While children are young and free of the world’s cruel influence, they have respect and compassion for every single human life. If we could stop teaching our children to hate and start teaching them to tap into the love for all other lives that is in their hearts and souls, tragedies like this would never happen again. Even if you’re an adult, you still have love in your heart that is unaffected by prejudice and hate. Pay attention to the love, and kill everyone around you with kindness. Show compassion for every single human life, because everyone matters to someone else.
Sorry this was so long-winded, I’m just so saddened and angered by all of the events in Paris and I’m sick and tired of bad things happening in the world. Killing others has never made this world a better place. We have to learn to peacefully coexist with every other human and animal life on this planet because that’s just the reality of living.