In light of the recent terrorist attacks on Paris, Baghdad, etc., it makes me wonder why a certain group of people would deliberately want to hurt another human. Are we not all living, breathing, messy bundles of muscle and bone? Are we not but vibrant cores of emotion, each of us a firework on our own?
Certain extremist groups, such as the ISIS, believe that they have the right to quench these fires. They can decide who deserves to live or die. If someone voluntarily agrees to strap on a vest and blast a crater in a building or street, then they have decided to voluntarily commit an act against all of humanity.
The funeral bombing in Baghdad is one example. Already a place of mourning, a suicide bomber decided to enter the mosque and end even more lives, causing further grief. The bombings in Beirut were another horrific event that happened on the same day. And of course, to top it off, there were the attacks on the City of Lights, the beautiful Paris itself.
The world saw a sad weekend. Too many lives had been lost in too short of a time. Red, blue, and white stripes, as well as pictures of the Eiffel tower, were prevalent throughout social media. In times of stress, worry, and sadness, people band together and seem to look for someone to blame. However, it is from my traveling that I have learned that tolerance is most important during terrible times.
In more specific terms, I learned that we are all humans, no matter our religion, race, or personal beliefs. The fact that ISIS tends to claim most terrorist attacks gives people a place to put their blame. However, most people tend to place both ISIS and Muslims under the same cramped umbrella.
Terrorism has no religion. It is simply barbaric attacks against humanity meant to hurt others and inspire fear. When people think of ISIS, they almost immediately connect Muslims. However, let us not forget that it was a Muslim security guard named Zouheir that stopped the suicide bomber from entering the Stade de France, preventing the bomber from causing hundreds of other casualties and possibly even saving the life of François Hollande, the president of France. Adel Termos, another Muslim man, sacrificed his life by stopping the second suicide bomber from entering a Mosque in Beirut, saving hundreds more lives. I myself have a friend that is Muslim, and she is the sweetest person I have ever met. Therefore, just as we do not immediately associate the KKK with Christians, we should not immediately associate the ISIS with Muslims, though they claim to be 'supporting' the Islamic religion.
As a conclusion, though there are terrible people who do terrible things, it is important to band together as a human race and support each other in times of need, without immediately shunning another. It is only through this tolerance and love for each other that we will be able to get rid of the hate that inspired these acts of terror in the first place, and perhaps create a more peaceful world for all.