PS752

People say that I feel too much. That’s probably true.

I can’t help but feel sad, though. I’m heartbroken and a little lost thinking of all the people who thought they were boarding a flight home and their lives were lost in an instant.

On January 8, 2020 a plan crashed into a field shortly after departing the Tehran International airport and all 176 people on board the flight were killed, immediately. The plane exploded upon hitting the ground and all that remains are remnants of the lives that were.

Mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, doctors and researchers, students and kids. Newlyweds, best friends, people who loved, cured, and looked after us all. People who dreamt of a bigger and better world free from war, people who deserved more, deserved better and were innocent in all of this, lost their lives because of something that had nothing to do with them.

‘That’s terrible’, I saw someone write on twitter. ‘But what does that matter to me?’ Pretty cold, right? I don’t think that it came from a callous place, I just think it came from an uninformed place. I truly don’t think people understand that everything happening in this world effects us all. 176 families around the world are grieving the loss of loved ones and millions of people around the world are wondering the very real question ‘what happens next’?

We might not get to know what happens next. In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. In layman’s terms, it doesn’t matter if it happens a world away, it will effect us all.

The first thing I thought when I heard this plane went down was ‘this was not an accident’. The second thing I thought was ‘holy shit, how do we prepare for retaliation?’ People can toss blame wherever they damn well please, but the truth is, if we’re passing blame, we’re not fixing this. 176 people died and something needs to be done about it.

Missiles are being shot off like it’s no big deal and it’s a big fucking deal. We are one on this earth. No matter the country you come from, no matter who you are, we’re all human beings and we should all care when something like this happens.

How do we fix this? I’m not sure yet. I do know that nothing’s going to get fixed so long as there’s weapons of war being strewn about the skies over ANY country.

6 Winnipeggers, including family of 3, confirmed dead in Iran plane crash – Here’s an informative report to some of the victims, one of which, Uzonna said Forough Khadem, was a Canadian scientist who discovered a treatment for Leishmaniasis, a disease that kills 50,000 people per year when untreated.

More information on the plane crash victims

My only solace in the aftermath of this horrible event is that it’s got our country, and hopefully the world, talking about the incredible value of human life. The narrative of the news has been much of an explanation as to what these beautiful souls brought to our world.

The world has suffered a giant loss. Why does this keep happening? I don’t have the answers… just a lot of questions.

48 thoughts on “PS752

  1. You’ll get a lot of people pointing the finger at one another during times like these, not understanding that that was probably what tragedies were intended to do. I, too, mourn the loss of those people because I understand too well how quickly tragedy can affect families. We’ve all been there, or we will all be since we are (as human beings) tied to one another through a shared experience. I get sick of the hate-spewing from people in the states blaming one political party over another, and I, too, wonder how it is that we can change any of this, if it’s just past the point of being changed. It’s like a mass-wasting event with its low rumbles and tiny quakes that only get worse and worse, and I hate that that is accurate. About the only thing we can do is to bring out the humanity in the people around us and get them to care again.

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    1. You’re so right, we can bring out the humanity in those around us and get them to care again. I saw a lot of posts on social media of people saying ‘So what’… and that, that we can change. We can make people care. We might not be able to control missiles but we can control how the world reacts. Thank you for this very kindhearted and motivational comment.

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    1. Two couples on board were newlyweds. One couple from Edmonton and one couple from Montreal. They were saying as many as 30 people on board were guests returning home to Canada from attending the wedding. 😦

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  2. I hate how all this is happening and the news is going on about how Duke and duchess of Sussex no longer wanna be part of the royal family. My prayers go out to the familes and let’s pray to God none of them are American or Donald trump is gonna do something really stupid

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    1. The majority of people on the plane (138 of them) were Canadian citizens or Canadian residents due to return home to Canada through a connecting flight in Kiev, Ukraine. The remainder they said the remainder were Iranians, Swedes, Francophones and Ukranians.

      Regardless of their nationalities though, I feel like something really stupid is going to be done in the coming days. Right now it’s just a matter of waiting to see what happens next.

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      1. I don’t think other countries like Canada will do anything stupid. If US had caused it that would’ve been it, as Iran would have gone mental. I think the situation is relatively stable now honestly.

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      2. Actually the situation for him is perfect. He only wanted to win the election. Now he can appear as the good guy which I already thought was his plan. He’ll sit there and gloat saying ‘I told you so’. He’s calculating in his own way.

        But I do see your point too– it’s the type of freak event that you really don’t want and that can trigger things. Easy to imagine how classic that would look in history books– if any such exist! :/

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  3. Like you V, I don’t know the answers and I’m still left with questions. How do we move on from here? Such a tragedy and there’s obviously lots of theories floating around. However it happened, there’s still a lot of people, families and friends mourning the death of their loved ones.

    I guess they’ll also be wondering “Where do we go next.” How the hell do you move on from something like this?

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    1. I really don’t think you can. Like… there’s been a story running on the news about how two of the victims of the crash were the wife and daughter of a man who runs a deli in North Vancouver. He lost his wife and only child. How does he ever get past that? I really don’t think you can move on from something like that. His whole world is gone.

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  4. “The first thing I thought when I heard this plane went down was ‘this was not an accident’. The second thing I thought was ‘holy shit, how do we prepare for retaliation?’”

    Same, I was sick at the thought that trump might’ve done it. I was following it the night before, then woke up and saw the plane crash news and I was stunned.

    At least it seems like Iran caused it judging by their silence over it. 100%.

    But yes, even in that case there’s still an entire crashed plane because of a missile, again, which is terrible.

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    1. Even if Iran did cause it, the American president is a loose canon (no pun intended) and I worry retaliation is coming in the next few days… He’s been getting ‘the blame’ in American news and his tiny ego doesn’t like taking blame for anything.

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      1. American news is blaming trump for 176 people dying. At least from what I’ve seen. We get all the California, Washginton, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Dakotas news here and they all are claiming these people are dead because of Trump’s doing and this plane never would have been in harms day if Trump hadn’t been a petulant child

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      2. Cool. When I said he can claim he’s the good guy Btw I meant in his own mind and to his dumb supporters. It just depends on if he cares about the news, it’s hard to imagine he does after all the dumb shit he’s done. I mean I’m not personally any more surprised about him causing this as any other stupid shit, it’s just a different level of severity.

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      3. Hey I’m even more convinced that Trump wants to just bask in his ‘glory’ in being the hero/restrained one, if you see what he said about the peace prize thing. It would be too stupid even for him, to spoilt what in his mind, is an advantage. Not sure if he’ll care about negative media coverage – surely it’s always been negative? He’s appealing to people who don’t care about that.

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  5. It’s an incredible tragedy, but I can’t stop thinking how “convenient” it is.

    We assassinate a major military leader and expect that leader’s country not to retaliate? Then this country shoots down a passenger plane? It seems like an excuse to go to war. Kinda like the sinking of the Lusitania during WWI, when we were transporting supplies to our allies with a passenger ship thinking our adversaries wouldn’t try to stop it. A German torpedo quickly changed that.

    Call me a cynic, but Trump’s decision to assassinate Iran’s military leader reeks of a reelection campaign strategy. After all, we’ve never impeached a wartime president.

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  6. It’s really great that you’ve brought up this terrible incident. Countries & politicians play the blame game as if they have already forgotten so many lives have been lost. Love is what we are & love is what we need to spread.

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  7. No one’s really prepared to die. It can happen at any moment. It’s a terrible thing what happened there. The U.S. has been at war since 2001. That’s one long war. We even bombed a children’s hospital years ago, which was amazing you could get the building wrong. The civilian casualties of war was more than 10,000 for one year alone. This attack on a commercial plane explains why that number is so high.

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  8. Well here I am, a grown ass woman crying. The world is so caught up in a million different tragedies that I think sometimes people don’t want to spend the time to think about how devastating the one thing was and is. It’s hard to take on that kind of emotion. It is so so sad. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  9. Not enough people are really stopping to reflect on the magnitude of the lives that were lost in this crash. It’s almost like we all have this numbing cream over us that causes us to move on instead of dealing with the impact. We remove ourselves instead of being aware of the present stage, space, and time we are living in. You’re right, we will all be impacted by this in one way or another- the sad truth is, what will it have to take before we start to pay attention?

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    1. That’s the straight truth. So many people left comments on this post saying ‘This happens too much I’m just numb and I can’t allow myself to care’. That’s the real travesty of this all. Nearly 200 lives lost and people are rolling it off their shoulders like it’s no big deal…

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      1. You’re making it relevant. You noticed and you have brought attention to it. Despite how others respond continue bringing attention to the news cycles, that beckons our attention. You got my attention. And I’m sure many more others that believe all life matters.

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