It is in the wake of the attacks in Westminster that I have decided to start writing my thoughts about the world we live in today.
I will never be able to understand or comprehend the mindset of an individual who feels the need to take a human life in such horrific or devastating circumstances; with only the motive of hatred and detest against society. With these two motives in mind, the difficulties that my generation faces in the future has probably led to one of the most divided societies in history.
At about 2pm, I was on the Northern Line travelling to London Bridge after being at university for the semester. On this short leg of the journey, a busker was attempting to brighten up the day of many Londoners by singing their favourite songs to accompany them on their journey. At Angel onwards, a young girl probably not much older than myself started to sing with him in front of the whole carriage. Although it may not have been the best live performance I will witness, it shared a moment of compassion and happiness amongst those who witnessed it, whilst I thought, it is selfless acts like these that make our world a wonderful place to live.
Later that afternoon, I found about the disgusting events that occurred in the Westminster area. It was this moment that I really appreciated that society wasn’t all rosey and how fragmented the world is that we live in. I could only see this being emphasised on social media, where after an attack like this, many people accuse the thousands of members of a peaceful religion; it is to be reminded that the majority of Muslims are kind, good-hearted people. That sense of belonging and pride of society experienced on the tube earlier had been decimated into a segregated hotpot of disarray.
Events such as yesterday really make us appreciate what is truly important in life and how valuable are lives truly are. However, no one wants to live like this. The separation of people based on religion, ethnicity, colour, nationality (the list continues….) is ever present and greater than before. Time is considered to be a healer, but those cracks are obviously growing wider than ever.
It frightens me when I think about how the world may look in 10 years or so with such division and hatred. However, it is not all doom and gloom; events such as these bring the best out of the majority of us where unity makes us stronger together.
My thoughts are with the families and friends who have lost loved ones as well as our police force who showed great bravery in the face of adversity; may the ones that have passed, rest in peace.