A Life of Terror

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”

The world that we are living in has changed in drastic ways in minute periods of time.

The attacks in Paris on Friday evening were tragic, to say the least. There are no words and no actions that can express the amount of pain experienced by those involved in the tragedy.

My reason for this post is that I’m now living in fear. I am fortunate enough that all of my loved ones, friends and family, are safe. The scary part about that statement is that while yes, they are safe, they are only safe for now. Things can change in a fraction of a second; you never think it’s going to be you until suddenly you hear the gunshots. People are afraid to go to classes, sporting events, or even the grocery store.

This has become a world of fear. A world of anguish, anger, and angst. We are afraid to send our children to school for fear of someone gunning down a classroom full of children. We are afraid to go to sporting events for fear of a bomb raining down on the field. We are afraid to go to the movies in a theater for fear of the bullets leaving the screen and entering the people around us. We are afraid, living in fear.

I don’t want to raise my children into a world like this. Raising children and being a parent is terrifying enough as it is. You constantly worry about your children, their safety, their well-being, and their happiness. Raising children in the world we have today is beyond anything I could possibly imagine. No one should fear that their child will be gunned down while learning his or her ABC’s in a kindergarten classroom.

I wish I had a solution. I don’t. There is no simple solution to a problem as widespread as this one. I simply don’t see the logic behind any of it. It sounds cliché, corny, and childlike: why can’t we all just get along? The need for this anger and violence is unnecessary and terrifying.

This isn’t the kind of world we should be living in.

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