Sunday 15 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike
During the past 48 hours, I, and I’m sure many of you, will have seen or perhaps taken part in the prayers and condolences offered to the people of Paris, France. However, I’m also mindful that yet again, for some reason that really escapes me, we seem to have lost perspective as to what is an attack on humanity… and what is not.
I am deeply sorry for those who lost their lives, for their loved ones, and for all who now feel a sense of loss of their personal security, as of late last Friday. However I wonder if we, as supposed equal members of this human race, should not be asking ourselves why atrocities in one country, are deemed worthy (and rightly so) of our shared sense of grief, compared those that occur in other countries.
Of course, the loss of 132 lives on one day is absolutely appalling, no doubt there, but other countries experience similar scale or more regular murderous attacks… but they go unheard of, or receive half-page coverage and muted condemnations, but very little public response on an international scale.
I’m not trying to compare one atrocity against another, but with attacks in France, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and across Africa in recent weeks and months on similar scales, why is it that many of us react so differently? For example, public buildings lit up in capitals far and wide, or Facebook profile pictures replaced with the national flag of one afflicted country by everyday people from across the globe, whereas for other atrocities, even though the incident has been reported by the media, it does not provoke anywhere near the same reaction (apart from perhaps their own citizens)?
Is it all down to the power of international media or social media trends, or for some unanswerable reason, have attacks to certain countries become ‘expected’ or inconsequential to most peoples’ lives, and thereby somewhat less devastating; not to those directly affected, but to the wider communities sense of security and freedom?
To quote a friend of ours, “It is a pity that when victims are innocent people somewhere in Europe, people care about it much more then when it happens in some other part of the world”.
Unless you are a direct combatant, then my personal belief is that every life lost to any terrorist organisation (or lone nutter with an AK) is nothing less than an innocent victim, and irrespective of nationality, colour, or creed, they deserve our unequivocal respect and condolences.
Whilst we all hope there won’t be further attacks on this scale, reality says this may well happen again, God forbid. However, may we take a moment too to consider perspective and remember humanity as a whole, not just react according to where the unfortunate mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters who lost their lives happen to live.
I mean no disrespect to anyone, and yes, I may lose some followers, and even some friends with such views, albeit I believe being a compassionate human being over and above anything else is not a bad thing to consider, however…
May all the victims rest in peace.