I think we all know something happened recently in Paris; and in the world, to be honest.
I don't want to say much about it, but I do feel the need to share this because it's...brilliant.
Waleed Aly is one journalist I respect and admire a whole lot, he is incredibly intelligent and well-spoken, he knows what he is talking about - and that is powerful.
I know videos can feel like effort sometimes, but it is truly worth watching if you have a spare 5 minutes, it really educates and speaks to you. They are by no means saying that any specific person or group is behind what has happened (you'll understand fully if you watch the video), but, I have taken what really hit me and popped it below:
“They want you to fear them. They want you to get angry. They want all of us to become hostile and here is why: “ISIL’s strategy is to split the world into two camps. It is that black and white. Again we know this because they told us.” It’s that black and white…They want societies like France and here in Australia, to turn on each other. We as a society, as a community, need to be very mindful of maintaining and protecting our social cohesion, our sense of harmony and standing together. They want countries like ours to reject their Muslims and vilify them. ISIL’s leaders would be ecstatic to hear that that Muslims have been reportedly threatened and attacked in England, America and here in Australia, because this evil organisation has it in their heads that if they can make Muslims the enemy of the West, then Muslims in France and England and America and here in Australia will have nowhere to turn but to ISIL…That was exactly their strategy in Iraq. And now they want it to go global. Saying that out loud, it is both dumbfounding in its stupidity and blood-curdling in its barbarity.
We are all feeling a million raging emotions right now. I am angry at these terrorists. I am sickened by the violence and I am crushed for the families that have been left behind, but, you know what, I won't be manipulated. We all need to come together. I know how that sounds. I know it's a cliche but it's also true because it's exactly what ISIL doesn't want. So if you're a member of Parliament or a has-been member of Parliament preaching hate at a time when what we actually need is more love, you are helping ISIL. They have told us that. If you are just someone with a Facebook or Twitter account firing off misguided missives of hate, you are helping ISIL. They have told us that. I am pretty sure that right now none of us wants to help [them]."
I think the main thing to take away from this is that in a world where things like this can happen, where some people feel like they can do things like recent events,
we need to create so much love and so much light.
So much unity.
So much power.
And on a related note, again I don't want to add to many words to it, because these images below speak for themselves.
(I apologise in advance for the blurry photos you are about to see, I will fix them ASAP, but until then - the words are readable and that's all that matters).
An individual by the name of Karuna Parikh, wrote this poem:
And then there was this...
When I was talking to about this to my friends, one replied with this:
To be honest, there's a lot of truth in all the things above. Look - anything that unites us as a front, shows our support for those going through tough times, helps educate people and gets a message across, is something I'm all for.
I don't think any of the thoughts above are judgemental, but I do think they have been written to point out a very important issue - one we should all be aware of.
Social media posts, DP filters, hashtags - they're all well and good, but our thoughts, words and actions speak even louder; how we conduct ourselves as a united society is what speaks volumes.
Love and light to every single corner of the world,
whether a spotlight is being shone there at the moment - or not.
Every part of the world needs and deserves it.
If you managed to make it to the end of this rant, thank you. I would love to hear your thoughts more than ever, share this with people who you think would want to contribute to the discussion.
Random, personal, more lighthearted note if you can be bothered reading even more stuff from me - after I've put a whole essay of a post up :P
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To fellow bloggers: I just want to start out by saying I apologise if your notifications got spammed with comments from me on your posts from earlier on in the week.
I have just finished all my exams, so needless to say - I've been attempting to catch up on life! :P
For some reason, this exam block I was strangely motivated?
I was pulling 8am-8pm, sometimes 10pm, days at my uni library.
Like I said, strangely motivated, but hey!
Wasn't going to question it, was just going to roll with it :P
That being said, I was sooo concentrated on studying and I may have driven myself to the point of exhaustion...because once exams ended, I was in such a weird mood!?!
I wanted to sleep for sure (but that is me, always :P). However, does it ever happen to you guys that if you've been super busy and focused on one thing, or have been having a busy, exciting week, you get almost withdrawals or hit a massive slump after?
Anyways, hopefully once I get some proper rest, I should be good as new!
I do have a crazy hectic week coming up which you're sure to hear about in the next few posts :P
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