The world has followed with apprehension the terrorist attack perpetrated in the Paris’s office of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo. That was not the end of it as a later attack and assassination of a policewoman, who was only 13 days on the job, took place in the same day.
While the police was frantically hunting the two terrorists, the French nation was surprised today by another attack in Paris, to a Jewish grocery shop, claiming the lives of four hostages.
The siege went on for more than 80 hours. It is now ended with no more victims, except the terrorists themselves, who were after martyrdom.
Yesterday evening I joined my husband, who is a journalist, during the demonstration of solidarity organized in Amsterdam, with the presence of our President, the Mayor of Amsterdam, and over 18.000 people. It was a very emotional gathering. Freedom of expression, all freedoms, were celebrated.
While following today’s siege on live TV, I pondered once again about life’s fragility and idiosyncrasies. And that’s when I received from my sister, the Carpe Diem poem written in 23 BC by the Roman poet Horace, which I want to share with you.
“It is vain to inquire into the future – Let us enjoy the present, for this is all we can command.
carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero
Seize the day, trusting tomorrow as little as possible.”
Odes I, 11: Carpe Diem
Ask not—we cannot know—what end the gods have set for you, for me; nor attempt the Babylonian reckonings Leuconoë.
How much better to endure whatever comes, whether Jupiter grants us additional winters or whether this is our last, which now wears out the Tuscan Sea upon the barrier of the cliffs!
Be wise, strain the wine; and since life is brief, prune back far-reaching hopes!
Even while we speak, envious time has passed: pluck the day, putting as little trust as possible in tomorrow!
This post – and the photos of the solidarity demonstration in Amsterdam – is an answer to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed