Je suis Paris (translation: I am Paris)…a phrase that went viral back in January of this year when the satirical magazine offices of Charlie Hebdo were attacked by terrorists*.
illustration by @jean_jullien
Tonight, in Paris, another attack by terrorists*. Once again I am shocked by the hatred of one group of individuals for another group. I do not understand how people who claim to have so much faith can hold so much hatred.
Sadly, I feel extremists believe that these actions, such as the mass killings of innocent people dining or listening to music or watching soccer, will give their beliefs more strength or power. It does not.
I was a child/teen of the 60’s and the peace sign was and remains a symbol of my youth. It carried so much weight during a difficult time. Designed originally in the 1950’s by the British for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It became the defining image of anti-war activists in the 1960’s. Want to show support for a world free of war? Flash a peace sign. Want to irritate pro-war supporters? Flash a peace sign. Want to tell the terrorists that they can not hold the world hostage? Flash a peace sign.
I have never been to Paris. It’s been on my bucket list, pretty high up on the list for years. Tonight it slithered down a bit. The actions of a few will not deter my desire to go to Paris. Just as it did not deter me from going to New York City and Washington DC after 9/11/2001. Or to Tucson in January 2007 right after an attack in a grocery parking lot. Or to the city of Roseburg, Oregon earlier this month.
So tonight I am honoring those lost souls by flashing the peace symbol.
Je suis Paris…prayers and healing light for those souls and their extended families. ☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮
*(Not willing to identify/link them to a specific group in an effort to give them NO additional press. Mass killings by anyone ought to be labeled terrorism, in my opinion.)