After the attacks in Paris on November 13 and the senseless violence that takes place daily all over the world, many were left wondering how such things can happen and why so much evil exists in the world. Among those asking these questions was a young boy in Paris who visited the memorial site with his father. The boy was understandably scared and shaken by the attacks, but his father explained the event through a powerful metaphor. “They have guns but we have flowers,” the father says. While flowers don’t literally fight evil, the love and compassion those flowers represent show the most powerful weapon humans have.
As the great Mr. Rogers once said, “Whenever there is a tragedy, always look to the helpers. There will always be helpers.” The young child learned a lesson that will stay with him forever, the human spirit is always stronger than evil.