Yesterday (Monday, 22 May 2017) there was an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. From what they know so far, this was a terrorist attack committed by a suicide bomber. 22 people were killed and at least 59 were injured.
I heard the news of the tragedy first from the digital creators I follow, before reading the full reports on the BBC website. I am shocked, heartbroken, scared, and at loss on how to carry my sorrow.
It seems that it’s a scary time to be alive. People seem to have little love and compassion for one another, and sometimes it feels like hate and fear are winning over love and compassion.
Many of us might find ourselves living far away from the victims of such tragedies and we may feel powerless on how to act, how to help, or how to move on with our lives despite it all. I’ve been trying to figure this out, and here is what I’ve managed to come up with so far:
Feel Your Emotions
Allow yourself to feel the pain of all the victims of such tragedies. That will remind you of your humanity, and you will be able to have compassion for those suffering. We need to be reminded of the importance of love and compassion for our fellow human beings because love is what will help us conquer. Empathizing with the victims and feeling their pain and heartbreak will shake our cores, bring us back to reality and remind us of our duty to one another. We have to break down the imaginary walls that we have placed between ourselves and those suffering. We have to carry their problems as if they are our own, and we have to feel their pain as if it were our own. That’s the only way to have compassion for them.
Help By Spreading Love and Positivity
Stay positive and don’t get tired of doing good. Don’t let such attacks cause you to fear or to become hateful and negative towards others. Hate cannot conquer hate. It is love and positivity that will prevail. If you’re going to hate anything, hate the act of terrorism or the act of abuse, and not the terrorist or the abuser. That’s like hating the person who has the disease and not the disease itself, hating the person who has cancer for instance, and not cancer itself. Don’t let such acts make you think people who belong to a certain race or religion deserve to be hated or stigmatized. Focus on spreading the love that will heal those broken enough to think hurting others has any glory in it.
Keep spreading smiles and positivity. Keep loving your fellow human beings. Keep serving others. Keep trying to make the world a happier place.
Remember That The Good Far Outweighs the Bad
At times like these, it’s easy to start thinking the world is a dreary and hopeless place. But it’s good to remember that even though there are a lot of tragedies around the world, and even though we see headlines of attacks daily, the amount of good in the world is much greater than the bad. There’s still hope and happiness out there. There are still people who are working tirelessly for the betterment of humanity. In many ways, the world is becoming a better and happier place.
Cheers to life!
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