Last week, France and the world were reeling in shock at the brutal and merciless mass killings at a French newspaper in Paris. While many were mourning and weeping for people who have lost loved ones, my heart was troubled with aching for the sudden deaths of innocent lives.
What drove them to take up weapons to massacre?
What made them shoot cold-bloodedly at point blank?
Why did they thirst for more blood as they gunned down 12 people?
Terrorism? Jihadism? Anti-western values? They may have been blinded by their faith calling for a war against the unholy. They may have been misled to think they are heroes, standing up for Islamic fundamentalism and fighting against all things western. But they are cowards for they took to running, hiding and holding hostages to save their own lives. Perhaps they have been enclosed in their own world, constantly living out the WE vs THEM mentality. They may have only known the language of hatred and wars. Harmony and love are absent from their vocabulary.
On the other hand, I am so thrilled and heart warmed by the charity show last Sunday. Artistes and volunteers were united to play their part and give their best in a concerted effort to raise funds to help the needy and underprivileged. Looking back, I could recall several global crisis such as the 2004 Tsunami, 2008 Sichuan earthquake, 2011 NE Japan earthquake, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan and 2014 Typhoon Hagupit where people from all over the world came together to provide emotional, financial and other support to help rebuild lives for fellow human beings who have lost loved ones, homes and hopes of living
Through these mercy relief missions, I know love still abounds in our world. Where there is love, there is hope. And where there is hope, our world will be a better place for our generation and for the generations to come.