What a World We are Bringing Our Children Into

I woke this morning to read of the horrific events in Nice. Yet more death and destruction. People wiped out, not due to a natural disaster, but an unmitigated act of evil perpetrated by man. I look at my children this morning and I can’t help but wonder what a world I have brought them into.

I still remember exactly where I was when the planes hit the Twin Towers. I know what I was doing when the tube was bombed in London. I can still feel that twist in my stomach reading about the shooting in Paris. The level of utter disbelief, the overwhelming empathy for the families. And the question. Why? Why would anyone do this to some one else?

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I have heard it said that this is a ‘religious war’. I have to profess that I know nothing of religion. I have a basic understanding of the different faiths and cultures. But for me religion has never been part of my life. Therefore I can’t understand why anyone could believe that their ‘God’ would want to kill others. Surely religion is there to guide people to a better way of life. How can that possibly lead people to want to murder innocent people in the name of faith?

If this is a war fought on ‘religious ideology’ who is the enemy? The attacks are not specifically targeted. But aimed at maximum impact. Not the sharp point of a blade. But a brutal massacre of men, women and children.

Of course I understand that these individuals are not the majority. That religion can be a force for good. But as an individual who doesn’t feel the need to turn to faith it’s difficult to understand the fervour that drives extremism. Yet our young people are risking everything to travel to ISIS regions and join them. Maybe we are failing to teach our children morality. Perhaps we have instilled this ideology unknowingly.

History doesn’t appear to have taught us anything. The human race continues to destroy itself. Thousands of wars fought in the name of one ‘God’ or another. Each more violent than the last. All the fighters believing they are on the side of the righteous. Ready to die for a cause that they believe in.

Can we teach our children to learn from our mistakes? Unlikely it seems. We didn’t learn from our fathers and grandfathers. The generation that lived through 2 world wars are fading fast. Unable to impart the wisdom first hand. I doubt it would even help. How far the world has moved on since WWII. With technology the world now feels smaller than ever. Yet more dangerous in many respects. Thousands of threats to our children every day. Various factions plotting against each other. Bringing about the downfall of innocent people going about everyday life.

I don’t know how to protect my children. I can’t even protect myself. The word terrorism is apt. I know we shouldn’t let them scare us into holding back. It’s what they want. To stamp us into submission by these grotesque acts. But I can’t help it. I find myself thinking twice about attending crowded places. Stepping on the Tube with my two beautiful children makes my pulse quicken.

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I don’t want to live like this. Pretending to the terrorists that I am not living in fear. Because I am. One crazy act of violence could strip away everything I hold dear. Just like 9/11, London 7/7, Paris and now Nice. How many times do we have to stand up, square our shoulders and tell these people we are not scared? It is harder each time.

We can’t let this war on terror destroy everything we cherish. I can only hope that people cleverer than me have a battle plan. Because at the moment terrorism is tearing us down piece by piece. I don’t want to imagine a world where my children are no longer free to be who they want to be. Afraid to speak out, afraid to gather in communities, to travel and to experience life. Living in fear of a constant invisible threat. That is not the world I want them to live in.

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27 thoughts on “What a World We are Bringing Our Children Into”

  • This is a fabulously written post, well done 😊 I find it hard to be so eloquent as you on such an emotive subject. I studied aspects of this at uni, in the newly post 9/11 world (I started Oct 2001) and unfortunately these extremists are brainwashed. No religion asks for such actions and as you say these people are not targeting key opposing religious groups. Religion is an excuse. Religion is a facade to hide behind. This war is about culture and morality and ideology. There are people who are offended by our equality of women, different races and different sexual orientation and so they try to punish us for it. It is a scary world and the simplicity and lack of explosives in the Nice attack is even more terrifying. I do not feel safe in this world. What can be done? I don’t think anyone knows. #triballove

  • This post truly captures the heart of a mother raising children in today’s world. Terrifying is absolutely the word I would use, because it is. It is definitely petrifying to envision the world in which my son will spend his childhood. Unity is honestly what this world needs. We need to unify against these terrorists, these extremists, those who hold nothing but hate in their hearts. Will that happen though? Sadly, I look in the streets of America-the protesters, the killings, and I think it’s almost impossible. #KCACOLS

  • It’s not a world I want them to live in either and what I hate is the total and utter feeling of being powerless. We now live in fear and I don’t know when or if this will ever change – breaks my heart. An excellent piece xx

  • it’s hard you want to carry on like nothing’s changed in an I’ll show them they can’t bring us down sort of way but the truth is we all become a little more aware of how fragile life is and how it can change in an instance

  • Very well put. We live in unprecedented times – not because this kind of terrorist action is new, but because the technology to cause mass devastation and then see it shared almost instantly around the world makes it all seem that much more real and closer to home. It’s a horrible world to have to bring our kids up in and you make the key point that this is not really a religious war at all – ISIS terrorists have launched attacks in Muslim regions as well – but a war which uses religion as a banner of convenience. #KCACOLS

  • It really is scary out there, but I still believe there’s still so much more good out there than evil. And we can still have hope for the future, we can teach our children love and tolerance and trust that in the end good will come out on top. x #KCACOLS

  • this is a great post and pretty much sums up my feelings too. ive often wondered why I brought my son in to the world – to be faced with all of this. it seems a regular occurrence now and I feel afraid that anything could happen at any time. people say we mustn’t let them win and we mustn’t be afraid but that’s all ok until something DOES happen and it happens to my child or family. It truly is scary times and I cant see what anyone can do. if people want to do harm then they can. look at how much destruction one lorry has brought. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday 🙂

  • Lovely and terrifying post in one go, when I think about the sadness and the fear and all that is happening around I feel my chest get tight, this is the world our kids will grow up in and I am thankful that we are in a country that is not torn apart, though given the politics at the moment who knows where our future heads. I guess I am just glad to give little one happiness where he can, teach him to be kind and accepting. And keep my fingers crossed..#KCACOLS

  • It is terrifying. Will it ever end. I don’t profess to know the ins and outs of the wars that are solidly destroying lives and destroying our world. I look on as a bystander and feel sick to my stomach for the world our children will grow up in. the hate the anger the fear. Where is the solution #KCACOLS

  • Brilliantly written and something that really resonates with me. I’m not religious at all, and totally agree with what you say about how my understanding of people’s religion and their beliefs do not correlate with this terrorism that seems to be around us at the moment. I fear for my son’s future. I hope this will not get worse as he gets older. In fact I hope there will be an end to this very soon. #sharingthebloglove

  • Such a brave and well written post. I don’t think that I would even know where to start to write a piece on this subject, but the truth is that I do live in fear now every single day. I work in a busy city centre. I use public transport. I have two tiny children that I desperately want to protect and keep safe. It’s hard not to let these horrific events shape and restrict what we do on a day to day basis, but I’m afraid for me that it does. We have recently cancelled a flight to Majorca and will holiday in this country now or drive into Europe. It’s terrible to think that this is what it has come to, but this is the world that we live in now. My heart goes out to the families of those that have lost their loved ones in such terrible circumstances. #ablogginggoodtime x

  • Very well said. I am the same I can remember where I was when each of these attacks happened, they are etched on my memory forever. Every time there is an attack like this it makes my anxiety go through the roof, I want to hold my girls tight and never go anywhere. But I know deep down that isn’t the answer and they need to live and see the world. But, what world are we living in that this is what happens. Thank you for joining us for #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

  • Its like everyday theres some place that is getting attacked. It like parts of me is used to it now but a bigger part of me is scared shit. Our world is getting smaller in a way that there are less places that is safe to travel to. I wish theres something that we can do to help spread peace. Badly needed now more than ever for the sake of all the children in the world. #ablogginggoodtime

  • I am not a religious person either and I don’t believe that the current situation is motivated by religion – like you said, the attacks have targeted people of every religion, all ages, all beliefs. Religion is just something to hide behind, not the true motivator for these attacks. Although I think I’ve always been quite an anxious person, I know that it’s got worse since having my son – these kind of random attacks do affect the way you think – how can they not? It’s the randomness of them that is designed to do that. I think this is a post that everyone can relate to – these are scary times, and it feels like it’s not going to stop any time soon. Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove with such a thought provoking read.

  • The worse thing about the war of religion is that most religions have very similar beliefs. It’s not about religion, it’s about control and no matter how scared I am for my children’s future, we will not be controlled. Life is for living, for love, for families & friends xx #sharingthebloglove

  • It seems like every few days now it’s another attack and as much as I agree the terrorists win if we live in fear, Himself and I were just saying this morning it absolutely puts us of travelling to certain places now 😕
    I have to admit I try not to think about it too much or I’d never go anywhere, it feels like we are at the mercy of lunatics- sad and scary. #sharingthebloglove

  • I couldnt agree with you more. I get incredibly sad and scared when I think about the kind of world I have forced my innocent daughter to live in My only hope is for a miracle and that some people finally come to their senses and learn how to live peacefully xx

    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime #triballove hun xx

  • I know exactly what you mean. I was 14 when the twin towers were hit, really I’ve grown up in a world of terrorism, but it’s only now that I have seriously started to consider changing where we travel and what events we go to because I’m scared. I think that’s partly because I have children now and that always makes the world seem like a much more scary place, but also because this attack on Nice is just so horrifying and so hard to defend against, anyone could do it anywhere at any time. All we can do is focus on the things that we can control, teach our children love and tolerance and refuse to retreat into a life of fear and hate xx

  • Brilliant post and very well written too. This is one of my biggest concerns regarding the decision on whether to have children or not… Life is getting shorter and shorter and is the reason why we should cherish the many special moments in our lives.

  • I do have religion in my life but was never raised to hate others, even though some parts of my religion are, at times, intolerant. I can see the power of faith and the coming together of people with joint beliefs. This post is beautifully written and fully conveys how I feel about recent events. I am so terrified for my children, but I do the only thing I can, which is teach them to love.

  • This post exactly sums up how I feel. I just cannot grasp the motives behind these so called religious attacks, and I also feel for others of those religions who are good and loving people and feel their religion is being used by these evil people. What saddens me so much is when you see the young, vulnerable boys being recruited by these terrible organisations – they just don’t have a chance 🙁 #sharingthebloglove

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