This Wednesday, at approximately 2.45pm an intruder brok into the Palace of Westminster, stabbing and killing a policeman. Just before, a car crashed into pedestrians at high speed. Four others were also killed (including the attacker) and approximately 30 people critically injured. The details are still somewhat unknown at this stage – in what order did the events occur? Who was behind them? Why? There are many questions still unanswered.
In the wake of Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Nice, Turkey, etc. this day was almost bound to come. The tragic reality is that our global community is starting to find such instances almost ‘normal’.
We’re seeing more and more people making decisions from a place of fear. Trump is now running (arguably) the most powerful country in the world. Marine le Penn is looking strong in the race for French presidency. Britain voted to leave the EU and distancing itself from its European community.
But when we act from a place of fear we are doing EXACTLY what the perpetrators of these horrific events want. It’s so predictable. We’re playing right into their hands.
On Wednesday, I was scared. My eyes were glued to computer screen all afternoon, hitting refresh over and over as new updates came in. My evening plans were cancelled with people recommending to avoid central London. And when it came to leaving the office for my commute home, I didn’t know what to do. The idea of sitting on a packed tube far underground passing through the heart of the city felt terrifying to me. And battling onto a bus as it sat it gridlocked traffic seemed ludicrous. Then I realised I needed to put my big girl pants on.
It’s only natural that you will feel more of connection when something happens in your home city or country. But in many countries across the globe the reality is that instances such as yesterday are part of the every day rhetoric of life. And that life must go on as normal the best it’s can. For if we are guided by fear, terrorists and extremists will win.
Life in the United Kingdom is still a great sum easier than it is in many other nations. We must not forget that. We must not forget what we have and hold on to that. We will all die one day. That’s a natural fact. There’s no way of knowing exactly how or when. All we can do is go on, be kind and gracious to those around us, stand up in the face of fear and live our lives to the fullest, the best we can.
P.S. I know I said today was going to be recapping what we did in Copenhagen, that’ll be coming out on Tuesday instead.