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.
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.