In January 2015 the world was shocked by the attack on 'Charlie Hebdo' in Paris, I cannot believe its been 2 years since this event happened. I remember being glued to the news watching the footage as members of the public were being shot by gunmen walking the streets of Paris killing indiscriminately. So many cities around the world came out in support of Paris, and London was no exception. There were a few buildings and monuments that were lit in the colours of 'The Tricolore', but I was only able to get this shot of the lights on Tower Bridge.
The mood around this historical site was subdued and reflective as people stood and simply observed the bridge in silence, as the colours transitioned in a simple light display that was befitting of such an occasion. Understated and respectful!
This post, is just a short reminder to myself and also possibly to the readers, that we live in a troubled world. The UK has voted for Brexit, the USA has voted Donald Trump in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Mexico is refusing to pay for the wall and much much more, is taking place in our troubled world.
But these troubles are not new; at the age of somewhere between 9-10years old the unity of my school class was suddenly driven into turmoil, because the realisation that we came from different races and cultures suddenly dawned on us all. Prior to that we had not really considered our differences. Children of Chinese, English, Caribbean and Nigerian decent who had previously enjoyed football together in the playground, suddenly distilled into racial groups, and started taunting and in some cases fighting, for no reason at all.
Then our fantastic form teacher 'Mr Peter Charles Talent' intervened in our next form lesson and first started by listening to our complaints; and when all was said and done he concluded the matter with one simple sentence.
"In this world there are only two types of people you will need to learn to understand in detail, and that is men and women; if you can do this, their colour or cultural heritage will not be of any great consequence or concern to you, but the stories of their lives will enrich yours"
Even though the events surrounding 'Charlie Hebdo' may not fall neatly into this simplistic ideology, there is a lot that could be made better if we simply 'listened to men and women and empathsized with their plight'; as Ghandi said "An eye for eye will only make the whole world blind".
To the families that lost loves on that day, whether because of the weapon of the pen or because of a weapon more lethal, lets LISTEN and REMEMBER the events of January 2015!
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