Like so many people, the violent events that have recently taken place over world have left me with a a variety of confusing emotions and heartbreak. Yet in the midst of such darkness and tragedy, there have been unimaginable moments of light that will hopefully illuminate the path to healing for so many. Below are just a few of these moments specifically around the Paris attacks that have reached millions with their inspiration.
Dalai Lama’s Perspective: In this interview with DW.com his holiness The Dalai Lama shares a powerful message:
“We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place. We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.”
Peace For Paris: Within hours of the attacks, this illustration by artist Jean Jullien went viral. In this interview with Wired magazine, the artist of this powerful image explains his perspective and why it doesn’t matter if he is attributed. Read the article here>>
A Child’s Perspective: In this tender conversation between a father and son as captured by French TV show Le Petit Journal, we witness a moment where a child’s innocence is met with a calm, truthful, and empowering response from his remarkable father. A lesson of truly being responsive and compassionate vs. reactive. See the full video here>>
Mystery Man Plays “Imagine”: After the attacks, an unknown musician set up a grand piano with a peace sign outside Paris’ Bataclan venue. He delivered a moving instrumental version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” that will simply take your breath away.