I don’t know what there is to be said right now about the terrible attacks that have hit Paris this evening, save that they are horrific. If past calamities are any indication, it will be days if not longer before we know exactly what happened, who the perpetrators and victims were, and how many will have ultimately perished in such a stupid, brutal fashion. Because of this I will resist the urge to make some kind of statement about it all, except perhaps to say this:
I know that I speak for the editors, the writers, and the entire OT community when I say that our collective thoughts and prayers go out to those in Paris tonight, as well as to those with loved ones currently in the city.
I’m sure that as the smoke clears and we know more than we do now, one or more of the writers here will have something more concrete and useful to say about this tragedy. Until then, feel free to treat this post as a statement of solidarity, a vigil, or whatever else you feel you need right now. All that I ask of you is to remember both that life is precious, and that there is infinitely more that binds us together than separates us.
Be well. Please.