Je Suis Bruxelles…Je Suis Le Monde

Yesterday morning I went to an airport, boarded a plane and took and international flight. It was uneventful, except perhaps for the slightly longer line up at security.

How different this experience would have been if I were planning to fly out of Brussels…

I hear that this latest terrorist attack in Europe, which we as a global community are witnessing on TV and through the internet, is being met mostly with a peaceful response. Artists, designers and illustrators have primarily responded with graphics depicting peace, and with hashtags such as #JeSuisBruxelles, #JeSuisBelge and #PrayforBrussels.

Many news editorials and world leaders ask for patience and restraint.

I ask that we consider Forgiveness as well. This horrid event, along with all acts of violence and terror that continue in our communities worldwide, are reminders to come together in new ways.  They are for-giving us each an opportunity to choose humanity and compassion over fear and hate.  Artists have long been the spokespersons with the vision of deeper truth…lighting the path to our collective future.  I am grateful for their reflections.

At this time of heightened feelings, we feel compassion for all mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, who have lost loved ones, as we remember that terrorists and victims all come from families who are suffering from this sorrowful event.

Je Suis Bruxelles

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM-MARCH 22: People hold up a banner as a mark of solidarity at the Place de la Bourse following today’s attacks on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. At least 31 people are thought to have been killed after Brussels airport and a Metro station were targeted by explosions. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels.
(Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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