This blog is in reaction to the freak shootings that took place at a Las Vegas concert last night. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-shooting-live-updates.html
My first emotion is condolence, that goes to all the people and the loved ones who got impacted by this incident. It is extremely tragic and will remain in our minds for years to come. Especially, any of us who ever think of attending such a live event in the future.
The reason why the perpetrator committed such a hideous act is still under investigation. However, usually in many of such incidents, the reasons have no correlation to the people who get hurt. Also, obviously, the incident can never, and I mean never, justify intention which leads to this reaction.
After my very first reaction of grief, the next one that naturally followed was that of cynicism. These kinds of incidences seem to be growing all over the world. The reasons might be different, the only common aspect is the fact that the perpetrators seem to be able to justify their actions by some unrelated intentions and that the people who get hurt have nothing in common to that. It seems to be growing because somehow we are losing empathy in this world. We seem to have allowed us to believe that murder is an acceptable reaction. With over 7 billion people all over the world, somehow we think that we can take a few off as an attempt to prove a point.
The above line of thinking is extremely saddening. However, if you realize, it is only us who can do something about this situation.
I categorically used the word empathy earlier, as I think that it is crucial to our peaceful existence. If we somehow give up on the world, get cynical, I can guarantee that such incidents will only rise. We all are expecting to see some external beacon of hope. Unfortunately, if we don’t ignite it within ourselves first, we might be expecting too much from any external entity.
I am not the only one who is of this opinion. Let me quote my CEO who sits at our head office at Detroit, Illinois.
“My request to you is one that is not new, but one that must be remembered when the weight of current events fall heavily upon us – be the change you wish to see in the world. When you see your family, friends or even a stranger, create a moment of happiness: a gesture, an action, even simple words of kindness. Every day. Every minute if possible. Happiness and positivity are contagious, and the results of your efforts will spread well beyond those you interact with.
If all of us strive to create these simple moments of happiness, it can, and will, change the world for the better. That is the world I wish to live in, and the one I wish for our children. Please strive in life to make others as happy, as knowing you all has made me. I appreciate you all.”
I know it is not easy to adapt to this line of thought, especially because of the recent world events. However, let’s try to all think differently. The world is trustworthy if we are willing to first trust it.
We at ALLAVANCE will try to conduct some sessions on Trust and Empathy at various organizations to assist this line of thought. We will attempt to take this as a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Do get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any further information.
“Life is weakest when there are more doubts than trusts.
But life is strongest when you learn how to trust inspite of the doubts.”