20 Nov A word for Terror
We are all slowly recovering from the atrocities in Paris last Friday. I feel a heaviness in the London air, a bit of paranoia and yet tremendous hope all at the same time. Do you feel the same?
As the media reports the powerful stories about lives lost and saved, I keeping finding myself in tears. How incredible to read about people who jumped in front of bullets to save their loved ones, and others who wouldn’t leave a friend behind.
With such intensity in the air, I thought it may be useful to highlight the influence of words during this vulnerable time.
Words act as a catalyst for change. As we have witnessed so many times in history, powerful phrases have moved us to action. Sometime they lead to positive change:
And sometimes, in times of fear, words can easily be used to manipulate people to become even angrier, and more dangerous. We are scared, and we want someone to blame. When Germany was left destroyed after the First World War, Hitler used words of hatred to move the Nazis to kill innocent people.
Terrorists will use words like:
Murder. Destruction. Blood. Nightmare. Catastrophe. Slaughter. Pain.
But what words can we use to retaliate?
I’m not sure those are right. They have never solved the problem before, only delayed it.
Perhaps we need to use words like:
As we mourn the lost, I believe that the most important word that we can have in both our heart and mind is:
As that lovely father that I read about in the Daily Mail said: “They may have guns, but we have flowers”
Thank you for reading.