Last November 13, Paris was shook by devastating attacks that killed over 128 people and injuring 180 more in an act of planned coordinated violence by armed terrorists. According to Rappler, this event is the bloodiest attack in Europe since the 2004 Madrid train bombings. The whole world is once again in a state of unrest and mourning.
Despite the recent jarring reminder that the world is a cruel and unjust place to live in, we should not keep hatred and fear in our hearts. We should learn instead to fight with understanding and reason. Two French dads lead by example in these videos showing that a father’s love, his impact on his children, is desperately needed especially when the world’s in chaos and his children feel betrayed.
Fathers are strong walls whose presence brings their children comfort and reassurance. Because their children look to them in times of distress, they are the ones who show that there are other ways to respond to forces of hatred. Out of these trying times will come great opportunities to mold our children to grow up to be great individuals.
This clip was originally from Le Petit Journal but was later reposted on Facebook with English subtitles. It has now been viewed over 41 million times as of writing. It shows a young boy, who is with his father, being interviewed by a reporter about the Nov. 13 attacks.
The boy's fear of the “bad guys” and their guns is evident at the start of the video. He surprises his dad by saying that his family has to move out of Paris. See how his dad reassures him and makes him feel better by using the offered flowers and candles around them.
Published by the BBC, this video is of a dad who lost his wife, the mother of his son, to the Paris attack. Watch his moving and powerful video where he says, “I will not give you the gift of hating you” instead he will raise his son to know love. “This little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom.”
“Of course I'm devastated with grief -- I will give you that tiny victory but this will be a short-term grief. I know that [my wife] will join us everyday and that we will find each other again in the paradise of sould which you will never have access to.”
Source: Nov. 14, 2015. "Over 128 killed, 180 injured in Paris attacks". rappler.com