Newspapers and their articles about some of the biggest tragedies and events on history that happened in the same month: April.
Many mass shootings and massacres had took place in this month, between other several events like Hitler’s birthday/death, bombings, genocides and Lincon and Martin Luther King’s murder. “April has historically been a whole month of assassination, mass murder and mayhem.” and why this specific month?, this could be the explanation: “Some experts say that April is a time of change that can trigger a disturbed mind to act out. The sudden increase in light this time of year can drive people with certain mental illnesses to manic behavior, some said", “Spring, like medication, can bring them out of the winter’s depression". If is true that the change of season or month can depress more the people and provoke or get worse a mental illness, specially if these incidents are in some way related or influenced by each other (most of the school shootings of this month, are influenced by the Columbine high school massacre and the Columbine shooters mentioned in their diaries such events like the Oklahoma City bombing that took place in April too. Something thatcan be another fact of why all these events happend in this month). There is still not enough proofs that can substantiate this. But whatever happen in April and whatever this month can cause in people’s brain, in April, almost every year, happen something…
Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901)
“Isle of the Dead” (1883) (third version)
Oil on panel
Located in the Alte Nationalgalerie , Berlin, Germany
“Isle of the Dead” is the best known painting by Böcklin. Böcklin himself provided no public explanation as to the meaning of the painting, though he did describe it as “a dream picture: it must produce such a stillness that one would be awed by a knock on the door.“ This version was painted for Böcklin’s dealer Fritz Gurlitt. In 1933, this version was put up for sale and a noted Böcklin admirer, Adolf Hitler, acquired it. He hung it first at the Berghof in Obersalzberg and, then after 1940, in the New Reich Chancellery in Berlin. It is now at the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.
We have a new type of rule now. Not one-man rule, or rule of aristocracy or plutocracy, but of small groups elevated to positions of absolute power by random pressures, and subject to political and economic factors that leave little room for decision. They are representatives of abstract forces who have reached power through surrender of self. The iron-willed dictator is a thing of the past. There will be no more Stalins, no more Hitlers. The rulers of this most insecure of all worlds are rulers by accident, inept, frightened pilots at the controls of a vast machine they cannot understand, calling in experts to tell them which buttons to push.
refering to this post that’s about how Major cities aren’t save anymore because of terrorism.
A Disclaimer, I don’t judge anyone who reblogged this. I - by Chance - saw it.
Terrorism is scary. Being afraid of it is human. But fleeing the cities is giving into fear. That’s what the terrorists want – to make you fear for your life, to have control over you. Don’t get me wrong, for anyone who lost or loses someone in an attack, I can understand the hate, grief and sorrow. I don’t disregard this. Terrorism can and will never destroy the western world. All they can do is make us fear. Make us stop living a normal life. This is all they want – control over your mind by fear. They want you to believe you could die tomorrow. It’s an irrational fear, it’s highly unlikely you die because of terrorism. Do you enter a car? Using your reasoning, you probably shouldn’t even leave your room. Think about it: Have you been in a car accident? Do you know someone whose life was impacted because of a car accident? Maybe died because of it? Do the same for terrorism. Terrorist want to exploit your fear, they want to make you vote for right-winged-extremists because of it. They want you to elect someone who wants to fight all Muslims because of terrorism, so they can justify their war against the west. Don’t obey their will: Accept the fact that we have had more terrorist attacks in the last years – in Europe. Accept it as there is no way around it. And show them you don’t let them control you. Stand up for what you believe, tolerance, safety, freedom, peace. Defend your values, don’t let fear take them away from you. Because terrorists aren’t the only ones who want to use your fear against you – politicians, at least a little group of them, want to do that, too. They want you to give them more power by willingly giving up on freedom for security. Truth is, as Dwight Eisenhower said, “if you want total security, go to prison”. But you will be lacking freedom. If you are willing to trade freedom for security, you will lose both. And now, I want to give you an example in history where people gave into fear. 1933, Germany. Hitler hadn’t ceased power when the attack on the Reichstag occurred. In German, we call it the ‘Reichstagbrand’. To this day, it’s not clear who lit the Reichstag on fire. But it lead to an executive order signed by the former General and chancellor of Germany, Hindenburg, to declare a state of emergency. A few days later, Hitler was elected and told to form a government. The state of emergency granted him a lot of power and the state ended 12 years later – in 1945. When Hitler was dead, Germany defeated. Hitler passed another decree a bit later, the enabling act, that let him be Führer, not just chancellor. But people accepted this, no, they wanted it. Because they wanted security – if it meant giving up a bit of their freedom, so be it. A similar thing happened in Italy. A lot can be justified in the name of security if you give into fear. Believe me, I don’t want anyone to die because of terrorism. But we must not hide. It’s the only way, as citizens, to fight them. To win against them. By continuing to live normally, we show them they can’t control us. Defend your freedom, and your institutions. There are too many who want to take them away from you, the worst is, they can justify it well. Mourn the dead of terrorist attacks, be angry. But be weary of the impact of terrorist attacks. You may give people more power, specifically your government and the terrorists, if you let yourself be controlled by the fear of terrorism.