Today, over 150 people were exposed to an explosion that killed more than 30 and left hundreds injured. Not a month before this, hundreds more died or were injured in Turkey in similar attacks, similarly in Africa and France. It's hard to find cause to celebrate in a world that idolizes violence, even as it condemns displays such as these. I don't understand it, and in many ways I don't want to because I prefer to believe that people are intimately and basically good. This is a fallacy (wishful thinking to be exact) and it directly speaks against my infatuation with philosophy and makes me incredibly uncomfortable and thus I know at some point, I will have to explore that ignorance and maybe find some answers that are awful.
So on this day, which also so happens to be my birthday if that wasn't moderately obvious from the title, I don't want any presents, I don't want any wishes for a good day or anything like that. All I ask is that we all analyze ourselves and acknowledge the violence around us, to condemn this wholeheartedly in preference of love. In Brussels, Turkey, Nigeria, Paris: Everywhere. And while I know it might be an impossible task to expunge all violence and hate, to usher in a reign of peace and coexistence, I just ask that all of us, every one of you and myself included, at least be conscious of the pain and suffering already present in the world, and for all of us to try and replace the small acts of violence we transgress onto others every day with love. Take that anger you feel at a driver for cutting you off, and think instead of the life that person is living and do not exact revenge or violence on that person. See Racism and know that it is something that exists but that it is not something which must be accepted, for we are all humans regardless of our color of ethnicity.
Love will always triumph over hate, and love is not always a grand gesture. If you only do a single act of love in a day, know that you have still brightened two people's days, and that the next time you show love it will be greater, because the second person you bettered was yourself.