Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thoughts for Beirut and Paris

What movie do ya’ll have that brings you straight back to childhood? Basically anything done by Disney will do it for me, but today it’s necessary to take it way back with an almost unreasonable amount of silliness and—dare I say—goofiness. For those of you who didn’t get that reference, it’s the Spongebob Squarepants Movie.
  
Sometimes it’s good to distract yourself from the world with a ridiculous story about a sponge and a starfish who go on an adventure to get a crown.

But now it’s time to end the distractions and face what happened. This week has been truly terrible. It’s hard to comprehend the kind of inhumanity required to take 172 lives in two days. In fact, it’s impossible. I hope Beirut and Paris can rise above the terrorism.

I also hope the world can take a moment to evaluate its reaction. I saw buildings all over many countries lit up in France’s colors. Our football team ran out with the French flag yesterday night before the game. Plenty of people, including me, took the option Facebook gave us to change our profile picture temporarily. I 100% believe that Paris deserves all the support we’re giving them. 129 of those lives were taken in Paris. But Beirut deserves attention too. I would’ve appreciated the option to support those lives by changing my profile picture to the Lebanese flag, and I know the people of Lebanon would’ve appreciated the SafetyCheck feature that was offered to Parisians to let them know their loved ones were safe.

I just want to reiterate what I’ve seen many people post—things that I was so happy to see all over my newsfeed! That the entire world is affected by terrorist groups, and that everyone—not just those in the west—matter.

-E.B


Also know that donating money does much more good than donating items and blood!