How to Live in a World Where Terrorists Rule

by Sandra on November 14

paris_illoI was still a teenager when 9/11 happened. I thought I was an adult, but looking back, I was young and innocent. I also lived in Europe and the consequences and the enormity of what happened wasn’t something that I realized at that moment.

Now Paris. 14 years later and a horrible attack is happening, closer to home. Although I live on the other side of the world now, what happened is still not something I expect to happen in Europe. Riots maybe. Racism. Vandalism. Senseless Violence. Those are things I associate with Europe. Not this. Not a shooting that kills hundreds of people.

It is scary.

The world is a scary place, even though overall we are safer now than we have ever been before. It doesn’t feel like it, though. It feels like anyone, anywhere, at any time can harm us. And more and more it feels like anyone, anywhere, at anytime, will harm us.

It is scary.

It feels personal. It is not nation against nation, but person against person. Religion against religion, culture against culture.

How do you live in a world like this? How do you live in a world where bad people seem to be winning? How do you live in a world where terrorists are getting what they want, making us all afraid? How do you live in an evil world?

There is only one way.

By being good. By being decent. By loving, caring and showing that the world isn’t such a bad place after all, one person at the time.

Terrorists want us to be afraid; they hate, but the only cure for hate is love. I’m not saying to love the terrorist, but love each other. Love your neighbor. Your family. Your friends. Strangers. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Give something extra to a beggar. Be kind to people in the service industry. Don’t judge those who are different from you, but see if you can learn from them. And if you cannot learn from them, just accept them as they are. They are doing the best they can, just like you are.

Be the best you can be, and show yourself and others that the people who hate will not win. The people who love, they will win. They are the majority, and they will win.

I’ll leave a link to an amazing comic by The Oatmeal. Read it, and go out and help someone. Be kind.

We cannot do anything for the people in Paris right now, but maybe we can do something for someone, somewhere…

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Sandra is a 33 year old mother, wife, life coach. As a Dutch national living in Mexico she is trying to find ways to make most out of life. She’s passionate about simplifying life, yet loves her luxuries and non-minimalistic lifestyle.

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stephane Lacroix November 17, 2015 at 5:34 am

I appreciate this post Sandra. We can not Change what happened in the past but we can change the way we feel about it. We can change the way it impacts us.

I find myself replacing my fear and anger about terrorism to empowerment towards striving to live a life of purpose. Let stand for peace!

Great post by the way Sandra.



Sandra November 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Thank you.

Yes, I also find that although I’m scared, I want to even more make a positive change in the world. There is no other choice for me, except move forward and (however cliche) be the change I want to see.


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