Two nights ago terrible things happened. Some terrorists took lives in Paris. My heart goes out to every one who is hurting. I have seen people on Facebook say that now is the time to get angry and to blame people…I disagree. Now is the time for us to get compassionate. Compassionate for those who have lost lives and not just in Paris, but also those who have lost lives in Iraq and Pakistan and Syria and Kenya and Lebanon and Burundi and Japan everywhere else in the world.
This is not an attack by Muslims. This is an attack by terrorists. It is good to see that this distinction is being widely recognized. It is good that people are recognizing that people are seeing that this is a small minority which is not widely supported by other Muslims (less than 0.3% of the world’s Muslim population make up the combined forces of Isis and Boko Haram and Al Qaeda).
I read a beautiful post by a dear friend, where she says:
We all just need a little kindness. I know I am being an idealist, but perhaps small things can change the world.
And perhaps, I too am and idealist, but I do believe that we can change the world by acting with compassion and kindness. Outrage and anger are easy. Compassion is difficult. And so our challenge is to make sure that we are kind. Now is the time for us to have the courage to believe that our small actions can make a big difference.
Love and compassion,