Then one of my Facebook friends asked the question, "How do we overcome evil?" My answer was one word. LOVE.
Maybe that is a simplistic response, but I believe that the perpetrators of evil want to instill evil in the rest of us. They want us to hate the way they hate, they want us to kill the way they kill. But, when we respond with love, we defeat their purposes.
That is not to say that we should not hold evil people accountable, but that we should not sink to their level. Think how different things would be if everyone in the world chose one person they don't like and instead looked at that person with love.
Love and forgiveness go a long way in healing our lives. They take away the power that others have over us. Antoine Leiris lost his beloved wife Helene in the Bataclan theatre in Paris, and I thought if this man, who lost so much, can react this way why can't the rest of us. You can see what he has to say here.
I came across this ad today, which brought tears to my eyes and made me think of all the lonely people who need love in their lives. It is so often the children who lead us in showing pure, sweet love.
Helping? Loving? They both seem simple to me.