It seems as though you see this as nothing more than attempt to get points in some political game. As if all people’s suffering should be compared and sorted by how painful it is. But suffering cannot be compared and nobody is obligated to list every evil thing that is happening on the planet before sharing their grief.
If it makes you feel better, however, I will say that everyone will agree that the wars happening in Iraq and Syria with ISIS, the threat to the Yazidi Ukraine with the war in Donbass, anarchy and warlords in the DRC, the brutal dictatorship and labor camps in DPRK, the instability, poverty and violence in northern Mali, unrest, poverty and violence in Egypt, violence in Somalia, civil war in Sudan and South Sudan, tens of thousands slaughtered in Northern Mexico because of the US’ insatiable double standard vis a vis drugs, ongoing racist violence and instability in Afghanistan, racist and religious violence in NW Pakistan, the poverty throughout the world but especially in our own backyard, the institutional racism that we have built into our society, the massive imprisonment of our nation’s people, the unjust war on drugs, the greed of all people at the expense of the freedom of all people, the massive patriarchal institutions that exclude women from power at every level in the United States, the forced genital mutilation of young girls throughout Central Africa, the middle east, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and India, the corruption of our financial institutions that rule our governments and corrupt our ideals, the indifference of those in power throughout the world, the hostility and racism that drives national divides, the virulent nationalism that squashes compassion and drove the United States to slaughter 150,000-1,200,000 people in Iraq and Afghanistan, the insane religions of the world that drive people to murder their brothers and sisters — all of that stuff is terrible. We all have blood on our hands. We can pointing fingers and start nurturing our hearts, because the only way out of this is through empathy, communication, compassion and love. Love can only happen when you listen. When you listen and have compassion. When you are able to ignore the politics — politics which are a weapon wielded against you by men in power! — you are able to recognize the sameness, the oneness, the humanity of the other. Even your enemy is human and even the most violent terrorists on the planet do what they do for love. Love of country. Love of god. Love of family. Love of security and safety.
“We stand with people worldwide who believe that every person is equal in inherent worth and dignity and human rights. We stand with the parents and families of the abducted girls. If we do not respond effectively, those who prey on women and girls are emboldened to continue their crimes.” - Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund | #bringbackourgirls #nigeria #vscocam
At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens — that letting go — you let go because you can.
Toni Morrison (b. February 18, 1931) in Tar Baby.
Song: “Let Go” by Frou Frou