Words cannot describe how upset I felt to learn of the recent attacks in London. People out for an evening, simply enjoying their lives.
No one should ever have to live in fear of an attack.
We cannot forget that this is not an isolated attack and others are constantly happening all over the world.
I have been disappointed to see so many negative comments today on social media. I was shocked, and even considered removing myself from social media as I began to question its purpose. You would think that during a traumatic time such as this, we would unite, but there were people having heated arguments instead of considering the important things – the innocent victims, and the members of the emergency services risking their lives to save them. I saw ‘friends’ on Facebook suddenly spurting out almost hateful posts which makes me wonder how I was ever friends with them in the first place. Although I understand people may have been frightened, anxious and weary I didn’t think it was an excuse to say hurtful things to others, it should be a time to stand together.
During situations like this, I am reminded of the wisdom of Gandhi:
‘You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.’
And I think that people often lose sight of this. There is more love and good people in the world than bad people. But unfortunately good news doesn’t seem to sell well, so many live their lives in fear.
Yes, there have been more attacks recently and at the moment it’s natural to wonder if they will ever end, or if we will ever be free of them – Gandhi’s advice:
‘When I despair I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murders and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always.’
We must have faith, and know that the minority will never win, as Gandhi said humanity is an ocean, and our world contains far more good than bad, and in the end good will alway triumph in the end.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who have been affected by all the recent attacks.