Let There Be Light

By Christina Kim - November 18, 2015

Give Light, and the darkness will disappear by itself
- Desiderius Erasmus -


In the wake of the recent tragic events which shook the world, it took me a few days to take in the news in entirety and pondering on the becoming of our world.

It was devastating to wake up in the early hours of Saturday morning and to find news of brutality plastered everywhere.
It is terrifying, to say the least, that such atrocity could still exist in the 21st century, not to mention that it happened in a local neighborhood.
A place where people like you and me, could actually be at, on a typical Friday evening.

Think about it, we get off work, or school and look forward to welcoming the weekend with a dinner at a local restaurant in town, or to watch a concert in the concert hall, and maybe catch some live action of the local football team versus the neighboring country.
Maybe we could even be in the vicinity of all the above, just taking the dog out for a stroll or hopping down the street to grab some groceries for a weekend gathering.

It could be anyone of us.

Who would have thought that a Friday evening could end up in such catastrophe?

I shudder at the thought that somewhere I could be familiar with, could end up to be so terrifying.

A night of fun following a hard week at work, could be one's last as one step out of the door; from home, office or the metro station.

What is really happening to the world?

I could not comprehend the hostility among the people; and these are our own mankind.
We are all of the human race.
Why do we resort to killing one another, to bring upon such hurt and to end another's life, based on our own judgment, or fury?

Is this the only solution?

There is just so much anger everywhere and following the events; enveloped by thick clouds of grief and sorrow amidst the shock that gripped everyone.

It was anger that led to the attacks, and anger that pursued.
Will this ever end?

I could understand the reason for all the anger for I was myself, angered by the heinous acts of violence against human beings.
It was not the only thing that I felt.
I was shocked, sad and even confused towards the entire episode.

I refrained from posting for the past few days, because I wasn't sure what I could say, for everything didn't seem right.
Travel posts on places of worship seemed out of place, on attractions which are connected to war was just inappropriate and even food posts seemed awkward.

But most of all, I was just as gripped by the horror of the events that I just could not comprehend.

I checked with a friend who was traveling in Europe at that time who had just left Paris that very morning.
I talked to friends to make sure they were safe.
I cried with those who lost their loved ones, and I prayed for those who were worried sick over their families and friends whom they could not reach.

It was in short, one of the most emotional weekends for almost everyone.

I was filled with emotions and tuned into the news channel to be informed of the latest updates, continuing my prayers for those affected in the City of Lights.

It was as though the world had stopped, as sadness and shock seeped into my heart.

Then I took a walk outside, and looking around, cars were honking, people were rushing to work, and children were clambering onto the steps of the school buses while vendors pushed their carts to the side of the roads to set up their stalls.

The world had not stop revolving, everyone is still moving around and getting on with their daily lives.



Those people who had struck at humanity, had wanted the world to stop, and stare at them in fear and to huddle in corners, living in fear.
Just like the days of tyranny, where we must bow down to powers to dwell over us.

But, the only one in power of ourselves is only us.
Only we can be in power of ourselves.
Not any other.

It is not that we do not care about what happened.
Nor are we just going on about our lives because it did not affect us.
But it is because it strikes at the very heart of humanity that we must show that strength within us.
That we are more powerful than those who are just trying to create fear.


The world will go on; we MUST go on to show them that we are stronger than them.
We must stand up with courage and in unity, for strength is only in the power of unity.


The world heard what has happened, we are with all those who are in grief and mourning.
We mourn together with you.
We feel your loss, and I am not just talking about Paris alone.
Lives have been lost for the past years(decade), rising from all these attacks and acts of terror; which are not just happening in major cities but also the muffled cries of the innocents continuing to battle against the tyranny in their own homes as war continue to wage on.
They are not spoken of; yet they suffer in silence.
They are not forgotten either, despite them sharing the same religion as those who claimed that they act in the name of the religion.

This is not a religious act.
This is an act of terror.
This is not a war of religion; this is a war against humanity.

And we must stand up, together as one, to say NO and let the cruelty and war end.

The world is with you, those who are suffering from the consequences of the attacks which had robbed them of their joy with their loved ones and those who are still quivering with fear in their very own homes.

We hear you, and we are all with you.


The world will continue to stand because this has to end.
We are for humanity, and it is all about love and peace.

No more lives should be lost.

All lives are precious; regardless of race and religion.

Love one another, for we are all one race of humankind.

Let the love that we have overpower and reign over the hatred.

Let there be Love and Peace to strengthen that light in the world, and to cast out the darkness.
Light will always triumph.

The world stands united



Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only Light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out Hate; only Love can do that.
- Martin Luther King Jr - 

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Experiences vary from one individual to another.
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