10,000 miles from Paris I walk in the shallows on a white sandy beach, the sun at my back, the breeze on my cheeks and the warm waters of Spencer Gulf lapping at my ankles.
10,000 miles from Paris small children beachcomb with brightly coloured buckets in hand and giggle as they watch small sea creatures scurry for safety.
10,000 miles from Paris families are sitting down to their evening meal, the horror of the nightly news just a distraction in the background – pass the salt!
10,000 miles from Paris commentators, mostly men past middle age and in grey non-descript suits express their ‘expert’ opinions of how best Governments should wage a war on terror.
10,000 miles from Paris news anchors, mostly well-coiffed, smartly dressed women of a certain age get their intonation just right and their brows furrowed enough to express the right level of alarm. They read short grabs of information, some embellished, which lead into deeper stories with gruesome graphics.
10,000 miles from Paris people are praying.
10,000 miles from Paris I do not pray, never have, never will.
10,000 miles from Paris the main stream media throw extremists and terrorists into the same basket with migrants and refugees. Refugees and migrants from all corners of the globe are fleeing violence of this nature.
10,000 miles from Paris we reject terrorism and yet we don’t fully understand the types of ideology that promote ignorance.
2,000 miles from Paris in Beirut Lebanon lives are lost. Lives are torn apart. A year of relative calm is shattered.
10,000 miles from Paris – where is our outrage? Where are our tears, our compassion and care for Lebanon?
10,000 miles from Paris I try, as hard as it is, to not dwell on the selective humanity and benevolence in our world.
10,000 miles from Paris I live in hope for humanity.
I have faith that hope in humanity is not lost….10,000 miles from Paris.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela.