When I heard about the attacks in Paris, I asked myself, "Will it ever end?" Then I found out that it was not only in France that attacks were made, but in other places in other countries as well. There are threats that more attacks will be carried on. I guess it will not be ending anytime soon.
Time. Theophrastus, the successor of Aristotle, called time an accident of motion. Events resulting from motion or movement are marked in time, so we remember them. But time, we know, is the reminder of our finiteness. Time does not care whether we are in motion or standing still. It watches us with indifference.
These threats and acts of violence are meant to instill fear in us, to make us afraid and subservient, to paralyse us. But if we become fearful, then their evil plans succeed. No.
They can and may continue with attacks, can and may hurt more people, us and our loved ones. But instead of hiding, being silent, or restricting ourselves, let us transform fear into alertness and awareness. The Tao Te Ching says, "Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe."
Time does not care whether we are in motion or standing still. Therefore, let us make our marks in time with acts of courage, bravery, gallantry in protecting our loved ones and helping those in need. Theophrastus also said, "Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend," so let us spend all of it in love of God and neighbour, in hope for justice and salvation, and in charity for our brothers and sisters in need, kin and foreigners alike. And when our time is up, we will gladly hear the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant... Come and share your master's joy!"
Hi, I'm Joseph Saints. I am an engineer with 10 years combined experience in network engineering, system administration, and project management with the telecoms and IT industry. I am a fan of fantasy and science fiction books and movies. I also enjoy Japanese mecha anime, superhero comic books and movies, and martial arts films.