In the wake of the Paris Terrorist Attacks...all I can think of is this song(I don't know if the Broadway version was better; I haven't seen the broad-way version yet):
The last set of lyrics: "Oh my friends, my friends, don't ask meWhat your sacrifice was forEmpty chairs at empty tablesWhere my friends will sing no more..." really hits me hard.
It is not right to kill someone else for your beliefs. It is not right to take someone's life to "prove" your beliefs. It does not show bravery. It does not show strength. It does nothing. The only thing it does is hurt other people. Every single one of us is the same: we are human beings. Why does anything else matter? Why does race, religion, culture, gender, status matter? The Lion King 2, a CHILDREN'S MOVIE taught me that "we are one". What is it inside of us that makes us hate other human beings?
Now, I know that what I just ranted/vented about above could "technically" and "scientifically" and "psychologically" be explained. I probably know the answers too. But that's besides the point. Anything can be explained. There are hundreds of thousands of different reasons as to why humans are driven to hurt, harm, and hate other human beings. Each human is brought up in a different way. They are taught by their parents, who were taught by their parents, and so on. There are mental illnesses, poverty, cults, brainwashing, religious fanatics, racism, homo-phobes/trans-phobes, psychopaths, sociopaths, murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, avengers, the list goes on. Anything can cause anything.
Sometimes I feel like we've as humanity gotten out of touch with reality in certain ways. There's a feeling of disconnect between cultures and religions and races and genders. "Oh we aren't judgmental. Except you can't like these "types" of people, because I was taught/had a bad experience with/refuse to trust them. So you can't either." <--- Don't teach your children/students/followers this, please. Get rid of the "do as I say, not as I do" bologna. Hatred breeds hatred. Fear breeds fear. Break the chain! Break the stigma! Just...just be nice! Be a decent human being! Be respectful of other's beliefs, but DON'T KILL PEOPLE over it! Don't hate people over it! Don't harm people over it! Don't repress people over it! In the end, we all die, and we all don't necessarily REALLY know how it all works on the other side, so stop making it torture to live here!
Ahem. That is all. Sorry to be so...INTENSE, but, I just felt the need to get this off my chest. This is all opinionated stuffs, so don't come at me to fight over opinions; that's for Facebook. OvO
Maybe sorta decent news sources of what I'm ranting about if you don't already know:
Viva La France! (or Vive Le France...I don't Speak French... I wish I did though; beautiful language!) RIP to all those loved ones who died.