The most famous words that ever came from Theodore Roosevelt's mouth were, "Speak softly, and carry a big stick." When he said this, its meaning was not to make empty threats, but bare the equipment that enforces the real change. It is a quote on the military, a quote on war. A quote with a desire to instill courage in the American people.
Today, the people of Nice, France, have experienced deadly attacks from a terrorist group. According to police, the city of Nice was celebrating Bastille Day (a holiday to celebrate the attack on the Bastille in France to protest the tyrannical king) when a vehicle struck a crowd of citizens. The vehicle was loaded with grenades that exploded, killing a confirmed 80 citizens and rising. The streets are filled with the dead an injured from this event, and make-shift hospitals have been set up nearby. Currently, the terrorist group is unknown. President Obama has condemned the terrorist attacks, stating, "On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians." The mayor of Paris is also standing by the city, tweeting, "On behalf of Parisians, all our support and fraternity to the people of Nice. Our cities are united." The new British Prime Minister and the former president of France have both expressed their condolences, as well. As for Francois Hollande, the current president of France, he has rushed to Paris, shortening a family holiday to deal with the situation.
This deadly cycle continues on. Paris, Orlando, Dallas, New York City, Washington DC, and all of the undocumented terrorist attacks that have occurred in the Middle East thanks to the violence and hatred in our society. If we humans go extinct, it will not be from disease, but from war. War amongst ourselves. War amongst our brothers and sisters who deserve as much equality as every American is bestowed. We cannot progress as a society if we still are blowing each other to bits. If we still see people as "collateral damage" to get a message across. If we are going to do something about all of us this violence, now is the time to do it. Stop simply talking about "world peace" and tweeting "my heart is breaking" and act on sadness, devastation, and pain, because, in the end, words will get nothing done. There is only one thing to do.