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UPDATE: I have changed “THE” to have the Syrian flag instead of the Japan flag. The Japan earthquake on Friday did NOT hurt anyone.

My prayers go out for the people that are experiencing rough times that happened and are happening in Paris, Syria, Baghdad and Beirut. Stay safe!

the crazy friday 13/11/2015: pray for paris , pray for japan , pray for beirut, pray for baghdad no where is safe people so please pray for this whole world cause we all need it right now it is not about religion or color or anything you could think of it is about innocent people losing their life so pray for this whole world

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day especially in times of 'disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world.
—  Mister Rogers

Why do people on tumblr feel the need to play one tragedy against another as if this is a game? 

Innocent people died because of these attacks and yet you are all complaining about which issue gained more attention, a morbid game of numbers and death tolls, stating “but what about____?”

If you feel that one issue is not talked about enough then make a post, educate people about what had occured, but please, don’t compare two tragedies like this.

It is unfair to all the victims and their families who had suffered through all these attacks.

Friday 13th, 2015
  • Yesterday was a sad day. Paris was under attack and many people lost their lives to violence. An Earthquake has left Japan in shock. ISIS attacked Lebanon. Baghdad was bombed, killing innocent people. Mexico also went through a Earthquake. Please stay safe, please be kind to those in need and please do not blame a whole religion for what a handful of people have done.
Imagine You’re There

In Paris today. Put yourself in the shoes of a stranger.

Here’s a story: You’re a teenager whose parents went to a concert. You’re not very interested in that band so you didn’t want to go with them. Hours later, you find out that in that very same theater they went to, everyone inside was taken hostage. You panic immediately and start hoping and praying, even if you’re not religious, that your parents are okay. But they aren’t, because no one made it out, not according to any police reports. And now you’re going to have to face the fact that your parents are dead, plan their funerals, change your entire life.

Here’s the thing… Tonight, that is probably someone. There are people whose family and friends never made it out alive, who didn’t even survive themselves. Most of us will go to bed feeling safe and happy and loved while many Parisians will not go to bed at all, feeling more scared and alone than ever.

In Baghdad and Beirut. Put yourself in the shoes of strangers.

Here’s a story: You’re a young adult who was walking down the street when an explosion knocked you off your feet. You flew through the air and landed down hard, possibly breaking your arm, but it’s hard to focus on yourself once your ears mostly stop ringing and begin to register all of the screaming. You can’t tell how many people lay on the ground like you- there’s a lot of bodies- and you don’t even want to think about how many of them must be dead. You see a lot of exposed flesh on those who were closest to the explosion. You join in on the screaming, only feeling lucky that you aren’t dead.

Here’s the thing… That was probably someone. All of the injured survivors have experienced something truly traumatic and seen terrible carnage. Tonight, many of us will go to bed with no injuries and no fear of being attacked. Some people aren’t as lucky as that.

Put yourself in their places if you find yourself not caring. You should. These are human lives. This was unnecessary violence and death. It’s saddening- you should absolutely feel sad.

Consider context.

I enjoy knowing context for news events. It expands my sense of understanding and therefore makes it easier to process.

Here is some.

Daesh – and they hate it when you call them that, so France already calls them that – hit three countries in 24 hours, most of which were within November 13.

Paris, France, yes, that’s the big one in terms of coordination and damage to human life. At least 128 dead by way of bombs and bullets.

Beirut, Lebanon, was also hit. Suicide bombs on motorcycles, 43 dead, 200+ wounded.

Baghdad, Iraq, too. We in the US are almost as deaf to bombs over there as we are to mass shootings over here, but there were 17 dead and 43 wounded by a suicide bomber at a memorial for a soldier who died fighting Daesh. On the very same day, in a Baghdad suburb, a roadside bomb killed five and wounded 15.

192 dead, at least, on the same day, in three countries, by the same group.

Daesh deliberately targeted civilians because they are the softest targets, like how maggots go for the eyes first.

Study them. Observe what they want.

Then deny them that with your favorite offensive gesture.

Daesh wants division. They want to divide one and a half billion people into Them and Us, and then they want five and a half billion other people to agree to the border of that stark contrast they seek to draw.

Daesh wants legitimacy. They want everyone to see them as they see themselves.

It is not an act of war, because Daesh wants it to be an act of war.

It is a crime. A crime has taken place, and criminals have done it.

They are no more than criminals. Much less than, but no more than.

Remember that, as they cry and scream and thrash at our soft places.

They can break the skin, but cannot strike bone without our permission.