The Consequences of “Until”

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Michelle Mirza, Rants and Two Cents Editor

Traveling through mouths, winding through links to articles and videos, and climbing across news platforms and television screens, you can witness the gut-wrenching news coverage of the recent tragedies of the world. Our world.

On November 13th, multiple suicide bombings staged by religious extremists took place outside of the Stade de France stadium in Paris, France. Minutes later, shots were fired at 5 restaurants. Another suicide bomber detonated. Miles afar, another shooting broke out at a concert located in the Bataclan concert hall. A continent away, a man sacrificed his life by heroically throwing himself onto the second suicide bomber of that day in a busy market in the Bourj al-Barajneh neighborhood of Beirut, Lebanon; saving not only his young daughter but the very lives that could have been added to the tragic death toll of 174 people that Friday.

Turmoil, chaos, and loss ensued. Moments after, support, grief, and strength prevailed.

The cries of families of the victims and survivors of the recent attacks have been heard across the nation. While our friends in Paris and Beirut and other countries who were struck by hardship and suffering mourn, we stand with them by showing our support through social media and other platforms.

Unfortunately, as 21st century adolescents, we have somehow grown accustomed to tragedies like this. Some may glance at the trending news and scroll past the lives like nothing, some may not even care, some may go as far as to read into the catastrophes and will allow their hearts to ache; however, eventually we are forced to move on. This is fine until the damage is done to us, until our own casualties start to build up, until we are battered and bruised with our own loss, until the anguish hits close to home.

We cannot allow ourselves to wait for “until”.

We cannot allow ourselves to brush these things off for the sake of our own comfort. We cannot allow ourselves to brush the lives of the innocent off of our minds because it is “easier” or because it seems as if it does not pertain to us. We cannot afford to think this way.

Though we may be oceans away, the tragic events that have happened not only in Paris and Beirut, but from all across the world mark the rise of angst, fear, and hatred.

We cannot afford to grant these feelings power. It is already blatantly obvious that hatred exists within our world; therefore, we cannot support and engage in the festering of this malice. Blaming others for the actions of a group of immoral individuals out of anger does not make us any better than the ones who caused the distress in the first place. Instead of adding fuel to the fire we should focus on distinguishing the all too fresh feelings of the recent crises before the flames of grief run rampant.

It is important to be aware of the danger of these situations however, we should not let this fear get in the way of what really matters.

The threat of animosity is strong and it is much easier to turn our backs without a second thought but I challenge you. To wait. To think. To come together.