I opened this blank page about 90 minutes ago. With a hope that I would be able to outpour my feelings, raw and quick, as I followed the dastardly acts in Paris as they unfolded. I switched between TV news channels showing live footage and my twitter timeline, where people were pouring in their emotions, opinions, and breaking news & what not. I have to say, I am shell shocked. Still. That’s understating it. I am at complete loss of words. Still.
What’s going on in Paris is beyond my comprehension. Enough to stir my anger and sadness.
I am truly sad and exhausted. I now realize it is actually easy to be optimistic about the future because we all have been trained to do that. I can switch my optimism mood in a flash. May be because I am an eternal optimist.
But not now. Not today. I feel there is no rational solution that could bring an end to this in the near future. I know the ideal solution. But no pragmatic and rational solution. None at all.
If we look at the history of the world and our society in the post world war II era and not bother to extrapolate things based on cause & effect conclusions drawn from historic events that happened before this era, it is clear we lost control of this problem about 3 decades ago. The beginning of the cold war was indirectly the beginning of what we are witnessing now. And it is just getting worse every decade.
I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago. Not too far from the 11th district. Sigh!
To think that innocent citizens who were enjoying their Friday evening at restaurants, football game and a music concert would never go back home for no fault of theirs makes my stomach churn. And to imagine what their families and friends must have to endure when they receive the news…Damn.
I sigh for Paris.