vive la france

"Peace for Paris" by Jean Jullien
"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."
I was away from most media on Friday so I didn't really hear much about the events in Paris until Saturday morning.  As I learned about the tragedy - and, regrettably, started to see all the posts shouting about how the events alternately prove or disprove any political stance the person was trying to take, how everyone was thinking / reacting / grieving the wrong way (or about the wrong thing), and all the other usual social media cockamamia - the above quote from Love Actually played through my brain on repeat.

It's a cruel world sometimes.  Bad things happen.  But naive as it may sound, I do think there's a way we can fight it, or at least endure it a little better.

Be kind. That's all.  Just be kind.  Do what you can to help who you can. It won't fix everything, but everyone is reminded that they're not struggling alone and you'd be surprised how much that helps.