I wanted to provide a safe space in which we could share, discuss and talk about the recent events that have happened in Sydney, Australia. For a full overview of this devastation, I have provided a link to the Age’s break down of these events Here.
For those who do not live in Australia and haven’t heard, yesterday I woke up to discover that there was a hostage situation within a busy cafe within Sydney, with many held hostage at gun point. For our country, something like isn’t necessarily common; we of course, like most countries, have violence and crime, however something on this scale was quite frightening.
Later, after coming home from work I researched online and discovered that the man within the building had made a list of demands, including a specific flag to be brought into the cafe, to let all forms of media know that Australia was at war, and to communicate to his – [the guman’s] – brothers to not set off the other bombs that surround the city. The gunman had also recorded videos of a handful of women behind a flag in the cafe, requesting that they recite these demands and upload them on to youtube. Oddly, it took my many attempts to find the links to these videos, as youtube was very vigilant to remove these posts. Also, I listened to Tony Abbot’s speech on these matter, which asked our country to ‘appreciate that even in a society such as ours, they are people who would wish to do us harm,’ – which you can find Here.
This morning I woke to discover that with great sadness both the gunman and two hostages where killed during the climax of this situation.
My intention of this Knoble Thought is address my feelings on this situation, and ask you of yours. The reason I haven’t mention above the ‘type’ of flag that held up on the glass of the cafe, or requested by the gun man to be brought in, is because I feel as if it isn’t my place. I also feel as if it is not my place to suggest what country is declaring that is at war with Australia (as per the request of the gunman). I wish to embrace our positive communal societal values, to treat each other with kindness, and to never assume anything of anyone based on their ethnicity. I am unsure as to why these requests weren’t met by the gunman, and how exactly these three fatalities occurred, I am distressed that any fatality has occurred and my heart goes out to the city of Sydney and those who were impacted by these deaths.
With that, I encourage you to share you views, opinions, beliefs and any news that you have on The Knight Life. Please also be mindful that I do approve/deny comments, and I will not be sharing any comments that the I believe are hurtful or negative.
I ask you all to enlighten yourselves on this event, stand together and stay safe Armory.
* Photo Credit: http://www.thewallpapers.org/187/world-cities/sydney