I have been to Paris twice now, and I fall more and more in love with it every day. What is it really? Just 40 miles of city in France. According to Wikipedia, it had 2,241,346 residents in 2014. It holds some of the most visited art museums in the world, as well as being a cultural capital for its amazing food and wine.
But you already knew all that. When I heard the crushing news that there were terrorist bombings and shootings this past Friday in the city I love, I was crushed and terrified. Terrorism can happen everywhere at any time, but Americans are so much more affected when a city that is so idealized and romanticized is affected; rather than some far-flung third world country. It may sound ignorant to say this, but it’s the truth.
We do not yet know why these terrorist acts happened, or what people or group are behind them. However, it’s wonderful to see the world band together to support our fellow man. It’s not about the boundaries of a country, or what color your flag is. We all must support each other in times of need.
From the world’s monuments lighting up in the colors of the French flag to the outpouring of support from countries far and wide; we stand for Paris. Even local Air B&B hosts took in refugees off the streets who were displaced from their homes.
The hashtag #PrayforParis went viral over the weekend, and Facebook added a filter to overlay the French flag onto your profile picture to show your support. However you support Paris, please remember that we are all the same- despite skin color, religion, race, country, or creed. We all need each other.
As someone who adores traveling, these terrorist attacks will not stop me from exploring the world. Tragic events always bring some small slice of good, and it can bring out the best in people. It bands us together as one world. Never forget to Pray for Paris, but also pray for world peace. Pray that despite the reason, we will all stop killing each other. I consider myself not a pacifist but a realist. I know this won’t happen overnight, but every little effort counts.
Maintaining world peace means we can continue to travel and enjoy everything this beautiful world has to offer. Be a part of it.