DO you know what the worst part is?
I’m talking, of course, about the horrific siege in Sydney on Monday. It’s hard to think about anything else.
The worst part is that Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson didn’t know it was going to be their last day. They were cruelly, horrifically, carelessly robbed and it’s utterly bloody heartbreaking.
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When Katrina was getting her kids ready for kindy and school, when she was getting ready for work, when she was mentally plotting out her day as she ordered her coffee… She had no idea that those were to be amongst her final moments.
And when Tori arrived at work on Monday morning at the Lindt café, he was also in the dark that it would be his final morning of running the business and dealing with busy pre-Christmas crowds.
But that’s not the worst part, obviously. The worst part is that they’re gone, and two families are now grieving, heartbroken.
Over a dozen more families are relieved to have their loved ones safe and sound, but they still face a rough road ahead.
How hard do you think it is going to be for those people to return to work, to return to Sydney city – to even leave the house, after such a shocking ordeal?
If we’re going to discuss worsts, I suppose that we should also discuss the flip side of the coin.
There are clearly no upsides to this tragedy; it’s a horrific outcome. I know that as I went to sleep on Monday night, I sent a silent word to the big guy upstairs to please ensure a peaceful outcome. Instead, two people died. It could have been worse, a higher number of casualties, but that’s little comfort to the Dawson and Johnson families right now.
If we are to dig deep and find a silver lining, however, it has to be the way that Australia has reacted.
I expected the opposite, to be honest. I expected fear, intolerance, panic and calls for Muslims to “go back to their own country” (never mind that many Muslims are born and bred in Australia?!).
So when I first heard reports of the #illridewithyou hashtag, I got a little teary. To see how calm and rational people have been today has made me proud.
Let’s hope our sense of national tolerance and support continues long after this siege stops making headlines.
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