When will the violence stop? When will we all realize that we are all just human beings trying to find our way through life? When did a complete stranger’s life become so worthless to others? The tragedies that have been happening throughout the world have been heartbreaking and devastating. From the Paris attacks, to Orlando’s shooting at Pulse night club, to the senseless killing of black men by law enforcement in American, to the Dallas shootings, to now the attacks on Nice, France the violence needs to stop. Just because someone is different than you, believes in something different than you do, or does something you don’t agree with doesn’t ever justify the use of violence. Instead, these differences should be met with love, understanding, acceptance, and compassion. If we all loved each other, even if we didn’t necessarily like each other all the time the world would be a much better places. If we all treated each other as family instead of complete strangers maybe just maybe we would think twice about resorting to violence. As my nana once said “you don’t always have to like your family, but you do have to love them.” If we had that thought about everyone we met regardless of whether or not we liked them, but still treated them with love and respect the world would be a better place.
So I urge you to LOVE! Spread love. Spread as much love as you can. And especially send your love to the people of Nice and those people and families affected who need it most right now. Come together as a global community and let them know that they are not alone, and do what you can to make the world a better place. Whether it’s spreading love, volunteering, or voicing your opinion for those who cannot. DO SOMETHING! Because if we don’t do something about it the world will continue to be the same and people will continue to suffer. You have the power and ability to make changes in the world! No matter how small you think you are you can do something to make this world a better place. You can spread love and help end the violence. And at the end of the day that’s what our world needs most right now, love.  Love can change the world.

 

Want to know ways you can help?

How to help the victims of Nice, France please to go to Give for France If you’d like to help the Cooplan family from Texas who lost a father as well as his son you can go to their GoFundMe page.

 

The help doesn’t have to stop there. You don’t have to wait until there is a tragedy to help change the world. There are many great organizations throughout the world that help make a difference in the community.  One of my favorite organizations is 109 World  They do amazing work through mission trips that are hands on and focus directly on what the local people need in the area they are helping. This really sets them apart from many other organizations who don’t ask the community what they need, but instead put in or give what they think the community needs. As an anthropologist who has gone to school for and learned about the best ways for NGOs or non government organizations to help people I’d say that 109 World is doing a fantastic job! You should really check them out!