“Thoughts And Prayers”

Day 14 – National Blog Posting Month.

My FB, twitter and Instagram feeds exploded last night with news of the attacks in Paris.  I visited Paris once, with my brother back in 2000.  We were there for about a day. Having studied French in high school it was pretty rusty, but I think, understandable.  I recall overall that most Parisians were actually pretty rude and annoyed at our attempts to speak the language.  Maybe they thought we were Americans? I’m not sure.  In any event, the food was amazing, the sites were beautiful, we saw the Eiffel tower lit up at night, took the obligatory tourist photos and moved on.

Every other day there is some tragedy in the world that demands our attention. Photos are posted in solidarity, hashtags are born, it’s a “thing” for a few days, then something else happens and the world moves on.  I imagine it would have been pretty terrifying to be in the middle of what occurred last night.  But I’m not sure how posting photos, giving them our “thoughts and prayers” really accomplishes anything.  If the world really wants to be free of “terror” and our governments want to protect us, certain of our freedoms and liberties will have to be forsaken.  Could you live with a government-imposed curfew?  Do you want your government reading your emails and tracking your online presence? Do you really want your country’s borders closed to all foreigners? I think if you really sit down and examine what that all means, most people would in fact, not want that.  I certainly don’t.

In the long run, what happened last night in Paris happens all the time in other countries but doesn’t make the worldwide news.

We have to ask ourselves why not.

2 thoughts on ““Thoughts And Prayers”

  1. I’ve been sitting here thinking like thoughts much less coherently. I think it might serve as an affirmation of human connectedness in the face of events intended to make people feel fragmented and separate … but I really do believe we are connected regardless of whether, when, or how we shout it. Whether someone is attacked in Sierra Leone or Paris.

    Maybe posting is a step toward recognizing that more completely? I wonder, and am glad not to wonder alone.

    • I don’t know. I suppose that’s why I wrote about it today and yet, have fallen in line with everyone else who is talking about this. Is it really to feel connected or is it more about reminding everyone not to forget about you.

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