A terror attack occurs and the world stops, world leaders gather, people change their Facebook profile. All of this and the world’s outrage is without question perfectly justified. As a people we have a moral responsibility to never stand by quietly when terrorist activities take the lives of even one innocent soul.
But terror is not always so well publicized. Terror doesn’t always cause the world to stop and say no more. Terror doesn’t always bring with it the outrage it should. Sometimes the world looks on in relative silence.
Today we learned of yet another 65 innocent souls lost as the slaughter of the people of Nigeria continues at the hands of a terrorist group led by the mad man Boro Haram. Yet the world looks on in relative silence.
In 2014 alone the highly respected Nigeria Security Tracker, compiled by the U.S.-based Council on Foreign Relations, found that over 6,000 people were killed in clashes between Boko Haram and Nigerian forces in 2014. 6,000 innocent souls. Men, women and yes children, the most innocent of souls lost to hatred in one year alone. Yet the world looks on in relative silence.
Selective outrage is unacceptable. If we are ever to drive evil out of this world we must stand strong against it in every circumstance. No matter the color, gender, religion or place of birth of the victim. We can no longer afford as a people to look on in relative silence.
The pain isn’t so much from knowing that they’re gone but rather in knowing you can’t stop thinking about someone who long since stop thinking about you.
They say never say never but I have learned that’s not true. For example
Never let others define you.
Define yourself. Let society define the masses while you remain true to yourself and who and what you strive to be.
Never let others set your limits.
Don’t let go of your dreams. Dream of the infinite possibilities you are capable of and then reach for them, for life is too short to be contained inside a box.
Never let someone else opinion determine your own opinion of your self worth.
Undoubtedly by now you have determined that you cannot please everyone, even if you live a righteous life. Once you have accept that fact and that only your opinion of your self-worth matters will you find happiness.
Never dwell in the past.
Do not run from it, hide from it, or pretend it does not exist. The past both good and bad played a prominent role in whom and what you are today. Rather learn from it, grow from it, gain strength from it and then let it go and move on. Life exist in the now you should too.
Never chase after someone who has left you and never beg anyone to be with you.
Rather simply understand if they do not possess the superior intellect to realize their good fortune in having you in their life than logic dictates they were never worthy of you in the first place.
I know I promised you I would never leave you again, that today would be different, but regrettably after checking my Powerball tickets my mistress, you know work, continues to blackmail me with a paycheck and demands that I leave you once again and show up today.