I was savoring my reading-in-bed-time last Saturday when my sister suddenly asked, “What’s with #PrayforParis?”
With today’s social media prevalence, news can now reach anyone at full speed. Gone were the days when you have to wait for snail mails to know that your fourth-generation cousin is getting married. Gone were the days when today’s news will be read tomorrow.
The Internet and the social media paved the way to reel time news with a worldwide reach.
After hearing my sister’s question, my instant reaction was fear. Probably, something bad happened in France because #Prayfor-something hashtag was used for several catastrophic events like when Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines just last year.
The journalism-student in me then made a quick research and voila, I learned the tragic Friday night in Paris.
So today, inspired by the tragic terror attack, here are some wise words that I hope we can ponder this week:
Photo from: Mitch albom’s Facebook page
The Paris terror attack left more than 130 fatalities and almost 200 injured.
I have no relatives in Paris, Philippines is actually so many miles away from Paris, but why do I care?
Why does my heart bleed for those innocent victims? Most of them are young, like me, with a helluva life ahead of them.
Why does people around the world mourn for the lives lost?
Why does a lot of people posted #PrayforParis?
Why does a lot of social media netizens changed their profile picture with the colors of France’s flag?
It’s simply because we are humans, and a life lost is a big lost itself. How much more if there are hundreds of them, killed, shot and bombed for no good reasons.
Why humans kill each other? I cannot provide an answer because I have more questions than answer.
War, terrorism they are all just beyond my comprehension.
Sadly, humans have been doing that since time immemorial.
When will wars end? How many more lives?
I want to ask but… I know no one can give an answer.