It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn

See, we are living in a world, a world where terror exists. Where terrorists – bitter, brainwashed, and bloodthirsty, are so angry and so full of hate that they are willing to drive a motor vehicle head on, directly, into a three month old, precious, baby girl.

We are living in a world where a War Memorial –  a place of reflection and a place we go to praise heroes, is now free rein to a sick gunman looking to do nothing but kill.

Why Terror?

See, I don’t want to think about these things. See, I don’t want to think about a couple in love, going about their day as usual, just standing, waiting for their train like any other day, with the love of their life – their three month old, precious, baby girl.

See, I don’t want to think about visiting a War memorial, commemorating the memory of my grandfather when someone makes the decision to end my life.

See… I think to myself, that could have been me, that could have been my husband, brother, sister, mother, father, daughter, aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew…and then I realize…

Terror is killing ALL of us.

Each loss. Each and every casualty…making us a little more numb and accustomed to disgusting acts such as these, as if I am at some point suppose to get use to seeing such horror?

See, I can turn away from the terrible news, I can scroll past it on my Facebook and Twitter feed, I can turn off the TV. Yes, I can do that. However, it won’t change anything. Someones loved one is still gone, an angel in heaven now, who left broken hearts behind. An act of terrorism was still committed, making our planet a little less whole, a little less safe, and a whole lot darker.

I can turn away, shut myself off from the world but the facts remain the same.

Terror can’t win. We can’t let it. We have to fix the world…really fix it…lets light up the world with so much giving, so much love that there will be no space for darkness to inhabit in the slightest. Lets care about each other just a little bit more, lets worry about the petty things just a little bit less, lets focus more about the important things in our lives, the important people in our lives. When we do this, terror can’t win.

Don’t turn away, don’t shut yourself off to the reality of the world, but at the same time don’t accept the world “as is”. Fight terror, fight injustice, and always, without a doubt, without question…

Always choose LIFE.

About the Author
Shayna Friedman is the Social Media Manager at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey. A recent graduate from Penn State University where she grew the Student Supporting Israel chapter, she works towards navigating the Social Media realm, exploring what it means to be Jewish and to support Israel in America.
Related Topics
Related Posts