In the wake of the horrific attacks on Paris, we must all rise up and stand on the side of good and fight for those values which underpinned the French Revolution: Liberté, égalité, fraternité. These values are so much more than words. They encapsulate all we hold dear and take for granted until evil and hate grab them by the throat and try to snuff them out.
Indeed, our Great Uncle Ralph, an Australian, gave his life in the fields of France for these values in WWI.
These words have not become mighty values through complacency or good luck but because inspired, passionate people fought to defend them.
Sacrificed their lives for the greater good.
Watching the news reports of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, there are talks of peace keeping forces…as in military solutions.
Yet, somehow the rest of us need to rise up and in someway, no matter how small, show that we will not tolerate terrorism in any form. We each need to play our part.
Perhaps, my part might simply be using my pen instead of the sword but I have to believe that even this very small, invisible role can join up with a greater whole and make some kind of difference..
Others, are donating blood in Paris, leaving flowers, lighting candles while those who knew and love the dead and injured grieve. Indeed, Paris and the world grieves. The heart knows no distance. We are all Paris.
I don’t know how else the individual can fight back to defend these freedoms in this modern terrorist era. In the past, our men signed up but this is a new world.
I keep coming back to a quote from Edmund Burke:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
That means us!
I pour out my love to the people of Paris and everyone who has a piece of Paris in their hearts. We pray for a swift end to these horrors and for Liberté, égalité, fraternité to triumph!
Peace for Paris and for our world!
Love and Blessings,
Rowena and family.
The featured image was by artist Jean Julien.