The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. – Thomas Payne
It’s been some time since the attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, but trauma doesn’t simply fade away for many people. Trauma can etch itself into your brain, your cells, and your being. Its impact can leave you feeling jittery, unsafe and triggered into alarm by unexpected noise or movements.
The attacks that took place in Paris, in particular, bring home a different reality to comfortable Westerners, a glimpse into the daily experience of thousands of people who live in worn-torn countries or areas besieged by terrorists. Instead of bursting into anger or blame, this can be an invitation to walk in the shoes of the war-weary and let it break open your heart.
For your own sanity, it can help to establish a way of responding to these deeply unsettling events, which seem to be occurring with greater frequency. And, in fact, terrorism, murder, death from hunger, rape, and abuse happen everyday whether they’re visible to us or not.