A week after the tragedy that took place during the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, I want to share with you another edition of the recurring column: Opinionated. In the first edition, I took on a slightly lighthearted topic of our digital age and the many gadgets.
Today, I want to share a much more important message:
What happened in Manchester can only be described as a cruel, murderous crime that targeted innocent, young people that were supposed to have a great time. No culture, no religion, no God or Greater Good can ever justify this violence. It is the act of radicalised individuals that have lost all perspective of reality, targeting at random, while wrongfully using the name of a faith.
Concerts are supposed to be one of the most beautiful experiences in your life, the joy of being close to like-minded people and your idol(s), the purity of live music and the rush of adrenaline as soon as the lights go out and the artists come on stage are all unforgettable experiences. Especially a crowd like Ariana’s, so young, most of whom were most likely attending their first concert ever, did not deserve to have their experience taken away from them like this.
As a frequent concert-goer, this attack hit me personally. I, myself, was at one of Ariana’s concerts only a year ago. Therefore this attack scared and upset me more than others, I felt vulnerable, to the point where I considered giving up going to concerts altogether. Then I realised that fear is not going to keep me safe. I am not sacrificing one of my favourite things to do, simply because some idiot decided to tap into people’s fears.
Don’t let fear take control over your life
Instead, I have decided to continue living my life. For the victims of the Manchester attack, and to show the monsters behind the attack that they cannot and will not ever stop us. If attending a concert will one day also be the end of my life, then so be it. At least I didn’t spend my time living in fear of the unknown, while granting monsters the satisfaction of thinking they have succeeded in their mission.
The language in this post might be a bit strong, but understand that I am referring to the radicals, the terrorist sympathisers, behind the attack. We must keep it clear, always, that these terrorists are using Islam as a excuse. The faith does not encourage violence. Think of the many terrorist attacks that have happened in majority Muslim countries, long before Europe has become a target of this violence. Many Muslims have lost their lives to these terrorists, yet they are often blamed for the attacks.
Hence the key message of this post, keep your heart open. It is easy to point a finger towards people, accusing them of things, blaming them for the actions of others. But in reality life does not work like this, one cannot be blamed for the actions of another. It is wrong to blame an entire group for the actions of only some.
Do not let fear overcome you, together we will stand strong against this violence.
Lots of Love,