Paris



photo credit: That tower in that city... via photopin (license)


I struggled whether to write a post about last night's attacks because I didn't want it to come off as obligatory, especially since my third book features in Paris. There's nothing worse than using an event for self-promotion. But I did think about something interesting, and that is the fact that my book is about Love, and Paris is the city of Love. Why is it that LOVE is always the biggest victim of violence? Is it because it is seen as a weakness, a fault? It isn't. Love is the biggest, strongest, most unifying bond between two people, or a group of people, or even the entire world. Love cures all, serves all, embraces all, transforms all. It's available to everyone, at any time and in any place. It is invisible, yet obvious. Children understand it best. Look for a child and you will know what Love is in its purest essence. Animals know it. They follow it instinctively. There's no one and nothing on this earth who can't have or give Love.

So the group who hurt and killed innocent victims last night are the most unfortunate and destitute people on this earth because they can't understand the most simplest yet magnanimous bond the rest of us have the privilege to know.

And for us it will only grow stronger. From this moment forward.

Love for Paris.


Comments

  1. Dear Amy, reading your post made me think of the Beatles - All we need is love. My heart goes out to all those precious people caught up in the violence in Paris, a little over 24 hours ago. Just over a week ago, my nephew, his wife and two lovely children were on holiday in Paris. It's hard to get your head around what happened

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    1. I'd like to go there someday. Hopefully the world will heal and be better than before, and without all these violent groups.

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  2. Excellent post. In 1966, I joined the Sacramento Valley Forensic League and learned much about public discussion. One of the first things I learned is that love is philosophically indefensible, yet our mental and endocrine systems are built around it and it is, as you say, our greatest strength --without it, we are automatons. Thoreau thought taking anybody's life diminished his own. Despite my training in debate, I can think of no rebuttal.

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    1. Interesting, Geo! When people band together in love they have a wall of strength against negative forces.

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  3. What more can be said about this tragedy? Evil and hate are its source. What desperate lives their women and children must live, be subjected to as their belief system decrees!

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    1. From what I've read and seen it's awful. To be a woman and a child, horrific.

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  4. Unfortunately there is a percentage of the world's population who deal in nothing but hatred; how to get these people to do a 180 degree turn-around, I have no idea.

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    1. I wish people would stop trying to join them. Can't even imagine the reasoning a person gives themselves to join something like that, but it's crazy. Where they get funds is also a big issue. This is out there, but could Russia be helping out in any way? If we pinpointed those who provided sustenance, we could start with that at least.

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