Here I am, resting because of a cold and a fever and thinking whether I should write a post for today or not.
But, lying down and reading what’s happening on Twitter, I read about what happened in Turkey earlier today.
At least 36 are dead and 147 wounded from a terrorist attack at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Honestly, I feel helpless. I feel as if there’s nothing I can do. Until, I remember to pray. I’m a believer in the power of prayer.
Let’s pray for the souls of those who went to our Creator.
Let’s pray for comfort and healing for those who are wounded — physically and emotionally.
Let’s pray for the families of the victims.
Let’s pray for peace.
It made me wonder, “What is it that terrorists are really fighting for?”
They must believe in something so badly that they are willing to sacrifice for their lives.
Are they fighting for equality — of opportunities, of distribution of resources?
Are they fighting for their religious beliefs?
Are they fighting because they just want to be heard, to be shown compassion, or to be loved? They just don’t know how.
I don’t know.
But, fair or not, the world is moving so fast that so many people are getting left behind — real people like you and me.
Not just in our country, but also in other parts of the world.
These people not only have limited access to their basic needs, especially food. But, their human dignity has also taken a hit.
Being poor or not being able to catch up with the world doesn’t make them less human as we are.
And yet, many of them feel that way. Many of us think about them that way.
What can we really do?
It’s wrong to simply say that we are all contributing to the system — a system where many people are getting left behind. Because this same system provides so many opportunities for those who are prepared for them.
Besides, if we don’t take part of the system and get left behind, what will our own families eat? How will our own families live? How will they be prepared for the opportunities?
But, then, there are times when we have surplus, when we have more than enough.
Maybe, we can give our surplus to those who have none, so they can have a fighting chance to make it in this world, in this system.
Yes, I wish this simple post reaches especially those who are rich. But, even we, in the middle class, can do our part as well.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
Because we have, we also have the obligation to do more, to give more, and to help more.
But, it’s not just about giving.
Many people give to charity. But, when you stop at charity, when you don’t connect to the hearts of the people you help, you don’t lift up their human dignity.
You feed them, but you do not help them — long-term.
The world is unfair, isn’t it?
I’m blessed to be born in a family that was able to provide for me and gave me a fighting chance in this world.
But, how about the children born into absolutely poor families?
The moment they were born, they already didn’t have the fighting chance to make it in this world. Not unless someone helps them.
Can we be that someone to somebody?
The world is unfair. But, can we make it a little bit more fair through our small efforts everyday?
I know it’s uncomfortable, especially when you have deadlines, when you don’t want to go outside the office and get all sweaty because you still have a meeting this afternoon.
But, when will we start helping? When will we start loving if not today?
(Oh, I’m not only talking to you. I’m talking to myself as well.)
What is it that we are really called to do in this world?
With the terrorist attack making me realize how a seemingly harmless trip to the airport can easily take our lives away, it also made me wonder about the meaning of life.
It made me realize the futility of many of our pursuits like making a living.
It also made me realize the futility of many of our problems.
But, while writing this piece, I came to the realization that the one thing we’re called to do is love:
Instead of making a living, do things out of love. Work out of love. By doing this, we’ll all be doing work that matters — to us and to other people.
Instead of buying things because of pride, buy things out of love. This will help ease our consumerism which may just help us be more content with what we already have and have more to give to those who do not even have access to their basic needs. Not to mention, this might just help solve our fast-diminishing natural resources and global warming.
Instead of helping just to feel good, help because of love. Help to restore other people’s human dignity.
Lastly, I am indeed afraid of terrorists.
But, Jesus always tells us, “Do not be afraid. I am with you.”
Whenever my fear fades away, love sets in.
That’s why I don’t think having bigger guns is the way to solve terrorism.
Haven’t we tried that so many times before? Yet, the terrorists are still here.
Why don’t we try something else — like compassion, understanding, or love?
I know the terrorists are humans too. They also have their own human dignity.
And I know the people who lost loved ones to terrorists in brutal and inhumane ways would probably disagree with me. To be honest, I’m afraid, but I don’t know how much it hurts. And I never want to know. But, I'm praying for you. Right now, I wish I could embrace you.
But, maybe, just maybe, instead of us uniting to fight against terrorism, we can unite to understand them or show them compassion.
Maybe they’re also just fighting to be heard, to be understood, and to be loved in this world which have left them behind.