By now, you have probably heard that France was left shattered last night by a set of violent attacks in the nation's capital city. News spread quickly around the globe, with a huge outpouring of support and solidarity displayed across virtually every form of social media. To a great extent, uniting us as a population against the horrors of terrorism.
Just ten months ago, #JeSuisCharlie became a worldwide social movement following the massacre of twelve people at the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, not only speaking to a larger issue of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, but also consolidating our shared sense of fear and, of hope.
Moments such as these ultimately become unifiers, as made evident by the French colours and pictures of the Eiffel Tower no doubt dominating your newsfeeds today. And for that moment, albeit fleeting, we as a society are made dreadfully aware of the fragility of human life and, more importantly, the horrors mankind is capable of committing.
It is truly admirable when we as a species band together for something greater than ourselves, but lest we forget that these acts of consternation, of abhorrence, of distress, dismay and hatred are sadly anything but novel, and transpire at an alarming rate everyday, in all four corners of the planet. Not just in the comfort of our "First World". We as humans, hurt everywhere.
Now I'm not going to start listing off the many atrocities that impact countless communities, ecosystems, and lives found on our little hunk of the solar system, because quite frankly, there is not nearly enough page scroll on the internet to do so, but I will say this: The world is sick, and its disease is human. A bleak statement to say the least, but nevertheless, a truth remains.
At this time of mourning for many, not only in France today, but across all seven continents and throughout our shared history, and despite the overwhelming tendency and self-serving impulse to place blame, deny, and propagate a further sense of hate, we are still capable of something infinitely more powerful.
Even before we pray, and hope, and post the latest trending hashtag, what we need to remember above all else, is to #love. Love ourselves, love each other, and not in spite of our differences, but truly because of them. While humans can unquestionably be considered a disease in these trying times, we can also be the cure. It's time we start proving that.