||[Nov. 14th, 2015|11:04 pm]
Let me start by saying that I, like millions of others, am utterly appalled by the terrorist acts that happened in Paris yesterday.
My thoughts go out to the families of the victims, and everyone in France and otherwise affected by the events.
I sincerely hope that this won't cause more hatred and intolerance towards muslims and people that happen not to be white. It's not because there are some rotten apples that they are all rotten.
I also hope that this doesn't make people much more scared, and so afraid that they will allow politicians to take away our privacy, our rights and our civil liberties. If we allow terrorists to scare us so much that we allow our freedom to be taken away, then they've won.
I understand that people are afraid, but let's be realistic: there is a much bigger chance of us dying of cancer or in a traffic accident than in a terrorist attack, especially in the EU.
Personally, I won't allow this to keep me from going to Paris, or France full stop.
I said a little more on tumblr this morning, I'm just going to link you all to it rather than repeat myself (because it's late and I'm tired, and I'm sure everyone else is tired too).
I am not going to change my icons, or posts lots of pro-France imagery here, because whilst I do sympathise, and understand the need for online solidarity that many feel (and I have ZERO issues with people changing their icon on FB etc, to each their own!), it's not my cup of tea.
Also, everyone should read this post by a Parisian close to the events. Because this person has put it so much better than I ever could (seeing I'm in Belgium and all that jazz), and than pretty much everyone else has.