#PorteOuverte

November 14, 2015

 

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By now, you must have seen the news about the Paris attack, or may I say, the Paris massacre. When my eyes first laid on the big headline yesterday, I was terrified. Then, I realized that my cousin also lived in Paris, and my heart dropped. Luckily, she replied to my messages and reassured me that she was fine. I let out the breath I’ve been holding in.

However, there were many other people that were not as lucky as I was.

And that was when I started wondering: How could people do such cruel things like this to other human beings? Aren’t we all human too?

I grabbed my phone and started scrolling through social media. People everywhere in the world were paying their condolences, updating on their situation,… Yet, one twitter trend especially stood out to me: #PorteOuverte or #OpenDoor.

Parisians were offering their homes to people who needed help. They gladly opened their door to anyone who did not have a safe place to hide. Taxi drivers shut off their meters and drove people to safety for free. If that is not humanity, I don’t know what is.

We may be afraid of darkness because we have no clue about where we’re going or what we’re going to do. That’s when we start to rely on each other. In the wake of tragedies, I realize that hope for humanities is not lost yet. The French people had demonstrated that. The condolences sent by people all over the world had demonstrated that. The appearance of France’s flag across the world demonstrated that.

“You must not lose faith in humanity.Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Gandhi

Until next week,

– Haylee

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  1. Avatar Marita Wiser says:

    Haylee, thank you for your thoughtful and hopeful post. I know that there is so much more good than bad in the world, but when something like this happens, we’re all rattled. I’m glad your cousin is Ok.

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