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ALL IT'S FACES THIS DAY
It is at times of
adversity, that humanity really digs deep into it's soul and discovers
who it truly is.
The efficiency of
the response by emergency services demonstrated the benefit of prepared
organisation, but much more than that was shown this day by all those
taking care of each other is part, but also the stoicism of those that
picked themselves up and continued on again. The message loud and clear
- that they will not give in to fear. When media crews were trying to
whip up a frenzy and turn a crisis into drama, those involved were the
ones showing the world the real meaning of courage. The courage to play
down their efforts or their pain, the courage to continue daily life
in the aftermath of this destruction, without conceding to fears nor
vindicating terrorist tactics.
event has brought out the greatest of humanity from many souls, whether
rising above fear, accepting great loss, dealing with pain or giving
to others from their heart. Traumatic events are like a lens in their
ability to focus humanity to a point of understanding what is truly
important in life. Sometimes it has to get really bad, before humanity
collectively starts to say "enough is enough".
When it comes down
to the crunch, it's who you are under the make up that counts. It's
people that truly matter - family, friends, spouse, children, as well
as those in need that you've never met before, but who in that moment
need your hand to hold, or your support. At defining moments, our actions
express who we really are, both individually and communally.
Whatever the motive
of those who perpetrated this attack, the outcome of events will ultimately
be down to humanity to decide. The actions of the community in the aftermath,
will express who we are in the crowd. Whether the rest of the segregated
world huddles that bit closer together in their own confines, locks
more doors and tightens their "security net" in the hope of
feeling safe again, or whether as a community with consciousness we
can choose something better.
This event may seem
like a gift to those who's agenda is to clamp down further, to put in
place more restrictions, less openness and which as a consequence may
lead to less accountability. In the name of national security, what
rights and freedoms may be given away? Within 24hrs of the bombing,
leaflets warning passengers to be vigilant for suspicious packages,
were apparently being distributed in American train stations - was this
an example of extreme efficiency in response to the event or were some
people just waiting for it to happen?
A MEMORIAL TO
THOSE WHO DIED
Perhaps a lasting
memorial to those who died, could come from addressing the real causes
of insecurity. Inequality between individuals as well as between nations
is what drives the desparate and which fuels terrorist causes.
The G8 agenda on
poverty and global climate change was meant to be a start in the right
direction. The massive demonstration by millions of people in Britain
and around the globe for Live 8 should be mandate enough for all leaders
to know the will of their people. Are they listening?
of London is already starting to shine out from this tragic event.
Let it be a beacon
to ignite humanity's true spirit toward resolution of global problems.
Hargreaves 12th July 2005)
London Bombing - Hark.net.au