“May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.” -Marianne Williamson
In times like these… with horrific attacks occurring across the world, killing innocent, beautiful lives, it is easy to feel despondent, crushed, and downright Hopeless. Not only was Paris recently attacked by suicide bombers, resulting in over 150 human beings dead, and 200 injured. Lebanon was targeted as well, with terrorists murdering around 43 lives in Beirut, and wounding 239.
There is so much evil and darkness in the world. My heart is broken for these lives, these beautiful countries, and the Earth. The fact that so many sects believe that what they are doing is not only okay, but will bring them closer to whatever divine fallacy they seek. So many lives and families ripped apart. Fear, tears, grief and pain run high. What can we do in these morose, tragic times? Where can we find hope and remind ourselves of the beauty of humanity?
It’s already happening. Hashtags, symbols, photos, and shared sentiment across the globe. We are seeing it across social media platforms, With prayer being a constant theme. #PrayersForParis #PrayersForLebanon #PrayersForHumanity #PrayersForTheWorld. Even Parisians using the hashtag #pourouverte translates to ‘OpenDoor'; open their homes to the people of their beloved city, showing that love still transcends fear. (elephant journal)
It’s a powerful reminder that even in dark times, where all hope and faith seems lost, we are still able to find and feel the love, support, and beauty that clothes the rest of humanity like a fuzzy, gentle, warming hug. We must always find the light.
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.” -Dumbledore
For now, I’d strongly recommend to keep your young children away from the news and media outlets, as this may spread the fear and anxiety. Sadly, this is out of our control, and all we can do during these difficult times is hug our loved ones close, pray, take care of ourselves, and be grateful for our lives and safety. However, the Dalai Lama has surprising advice of his own regarding how to defeat Terrorism.
“People want to lead a peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings. We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.
We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments…” -The Dalai Lama
Not only must we pray and be grateful, but we must spread peace and harmony in our own homes and communities. We cannot rely on just prayer, the government, or anything else than humanity. Humanity created this problem, so we must work to solve this problem. Very wise words, Dalai Lama.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” ― Mahatma Gandhi. We must not lose faith in humanity. There is still faith, amidst the dirty and dark. There is always love.
How have you been handling this horrific news? Have you had conversations with your family or littles? How do you restore your own hope and faith? What do you think about The Dalai Lama’s quotes? What can you do to spread peace in your own home and community? Let me know in the comments below.