We live in a beautiful world..

But we live with evil amongst us.  The news from Manchester over night has left us all so shocked.  That those that seek to hijack our way of life and terrorise us should choose such a soft target, chilldren and young teenagers enjoying a concert, I’m beyond words.

The way people reacted to this atrocity: people forming lines to ensure disabled people in wheelchairs were able to exit the venue amidst the panic, people who were genuinely fearing for their lives and whose first instinct must have been to run did not; those that stopped to pick up people who fell, fighting the tide of panicked people rushing for the exits, making space and carrying them out; the taxi drivers, turning off their meters to ferry people away to re-unite them with their loved ones; the restaurants and hotels offering shelter, food and support to those affected and a million and one other kindnesses, make us realise that goodness prevails and will always prevail.

This evil was met instantly with love and solidarity.  Ordinary people of all faiths and those with none, interrupting their lives, rushing to help in any way they could.  This is what we must take from this.  Good people, the vast majority of the people inhabiting this planet will stand together against this evil.

To all those affected by this terrible event, who have witnessed the darkness first hand, I hope that you can find your way back, though good knows how, to re-connect with the beauty of our planet and heal. All right minded people across the world, our thoughts are with you.

Hofn by Adrian Theze



78 responses

  1. Heide

    Gandhi wrote that, “… all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall.” The people of Manchester proved this last night, and reminded the world “… that goodness prevails and will always prevail,” as YOU have said so beautifully. Thank you …

    May 23, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    • Thank you Heide and thank you for the quote..

      May 23, 2017 at 3:17 pm

  2. Thank you for this perspective, Adrian.

    May 23, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    • I didn’t know what else I could say Lynn, but felt I had to say something.

      May 23, 2017 at 4:42 pm

  3. It is indeed devastating that anyone could even consider doing such atrocities. And then, in all the sadness and darkness, that’s when the beauty, compassion and love becomes evident in all those people that don’t succumb to evilness. I am always reluctant to use the word evil, because it’s such a one-dimensional description, but what else is there to say?

    May 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    • That has certainly been evident here Otto. It’s facing atrocity that we remember we are human and we unite in grief and do what we can. This is the spirit imbued in us. A shame we can’t always remember that on a day to day basis.

      May 23, 2017 at 4:49 pm

  4. Here in Canada, even in my small city we are following the news with concern for the families and sadness for the injured and killed. Good for ones who act to help and provide comfort when able to do so.

    May 23, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    • Thank you for your comment. Sadly across the world we are vulnerable to such acts

      It’s heartwarming that so many people did the right thing faced with the most horrific of circumstances. We have to have faith if not in a deity, in each other.

      May 23, 2017 at 4:52 pm

  5. Much horrifying sadness, Adrian. My heart goes out to Manchester.

    May 23, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    • As does mine Jane. Thank you.

      May 23, 2017 at 4:52 pm

  6. Sue

    Well said, Adrian

    May 23, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    • Thank you Sue. I grappled with this all day but had to say something..

      May 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      • Sue

        And you said it well, Adrian

        May 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm

  7. Beautifully said. Thank you for the reminder that goodness outweighs the bad. It’s often hard to remember that in the midst of such darkness.

    May 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    • Thank you Lee. It is indeed difficult amidst such sadness, but we have seen so many examples in the last 24 hours of selfless acts that reaffirm our belief in humanity and the human spirit. Goodness does indeed outweigh evil.

      May 23, 2017 at 4:58 pm

  8. Tears came as I read of the compassion that emerged out of the horrors of last night. Yet, I find it is important for me to take this as a reminder of the danger that hides within my own sense of righteous anger as it has the potential to recreate the events of last night. I once wrote, “Christ stood before self-righteous anger and commanded that only the one without sin was to cast the first stone of punishment and, at another time and in the midst of his own suffering, sought forgiveness for those who “know not what they do.” Within these written words, I hear compassion speaking for the suffering intertwined within anger ungoverned by moral shame and moral dread. Compassion is telling us how suffering, entangled into knots of mental, emotional, and social turmoil, deafens us to our guiding principles and blinds us to the horrors our moral shame will witness as it awakens from darkened ignorance.” Thank you for sharing your words and your images are always a gift of beauty.

    May 23, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    • Thank you for your comment Brenda.

      May 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm

  9. Great post and I echo your sentiments entirely. There is evil in this world that we just can’t comprehend.

    May 23, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    • It’s impossible to fathom.. Thank you for commenting Mr Dragon.

      May 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm

  10. Must be hell for the children,teenagers and parents.It’s cold around my heart.I never can understand it.

    May 23, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    • Nor Me Lou. Thanks for your comment.

      May 24, 2017 at 2:21 pm

  11. Your beautiful words express so well the feelings that I have. Thank you for writing this.

    May 23, 2017 at 11:58 pm

  12. Well said and a beautiful, calming and appropriate photo.

    May 24, 2017 at 12:55 am

  13. Marianne

    Out of what Satan intends for evil God brings collateral beauty.

    May 24, 2017 at 3:12 am

    • Thank you Marianne for your comment.

      May 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm

  14. Yvonne Theze

    A very moving comment. We need to hold onto the fact that there are more good people than evil ones. xxxx

    Sent from my iPad


    May 24, 2017 at 5:56 am

    • Absolutely! x

      May 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm

  15. Morphine Child

    Beautiful world, ugly people…

    May 24, 2017 at 8:03 am

    • It can certainly seem that way at times.

      May 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm

  16. Beautifully said indeed. In Australia, I think we were all just as shocked when the news was aired on our TV news. I, personally, find these acts of atrocity extremely disturbing. I feel such sadness for the families and friends of those lost, or injured.

    How do they recover and move on with their lives? I really can’t imagine.

    Its a timely reminder of the need to be vigilant as we go about our daily lives, but also a reminder that there’s goodness in the world (as well as evil) and the need for solidarity against terrorism.

    May 24, 2017 at 9:53 am

    • Thank you Vicki.

      May 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm

  17. What an incredibly beautiful and moving summation of this horrific event Adrian, coupled with a gorgeous visual reminder of this amazing planet lest we forget while we reel from the horror. Even though I’m on the other side of the world, my family comes from Manchester and I have a sister there so this appalling act of fanaticism against a country that gave these people a home hit home even more. Thank you for putting things in perspective and so magnificantly too, Karen

    May 26, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    • Thank you very much for your comment Karen.

      June 2, 2017 at 11:57 am

  18. Nil

    It is hard to find the right words and not let only your anger speak – but you have found them and I thank you for the hope that some day the good will prevail… Manchester really broke my heart as it struck at those that were only beginning their life and should be dreaming of the good things they may encounter further on the road.

    May 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    • It was an horrific attack, as you say, all the more shocking given the target. It is without doubt that there are more good people in this world than bad. Sadly it seems, IS has given some very evil people license to behave in a manner that is simply barbaric, medieval in it’s cruelty. For others, IS has preyed on their vulnerablity and simply brainwashed them into giving their life in pursuit of terror. Good will prevail, it always has. It’s just so sad that so many will suffer before we can close this particular chapter of human madness. Thanks for your comment Nil.

      June 2, 2017 at 12:06 pm

  19. Such a beautiful, sensitive post….and amazing pictures! Thank you x

    May 29, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    • Thank you Anna!

      June 2, 2017 at 12:06 pm

  20. Black Lightness

    Yes, we live with evil and his name this days is terrorist. Who only know atack weak young people. I agree with you. And I can not understan this people and I will never understand this sick and mad people. I will try to not understand this people, because it is apsurd. I am sorry what is may English language not good, I still try to learn him again…

    May 30, 2017 at 7:22 pm

  21. Nice

    June 2, 2017 at 7:45 pm

  22. Well said Adrian – one wonders what motivates such evil. The outpouring of support was wonderful but I’m sure does little to ease the pain of the victims’ loved ones. So very sad.

    June 2, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    • It is indeed, very sad Tina. For the right minded among us, we just can’t grasp the barbarity. It’s as if we’ve never moved on from the middle ages. At least these people haven’t. There are clearly people out there who are using this ideology to justify murdering innocent people. What IS is doing in the Middle East just not bear thinking about and there desire to export this terror is very frightening indeed.

      June 5, 2017 at 12:12 pm

  23. Beautifully said Adrian. The blatant disregard for precious lives just horrifies me. This has to stop.

    June 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    • Thank you Edith. It does have to stop.

      June 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

  24. I am coming very late to the post, so I won’t enter the conversation…but goodness! What a beautiful photograph, Adrian! Stunning, actually….I love it.

    June 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    • Thank you Scott. Much appreciated.

      June 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

  25. That’s very true…… I pray for manchester

    June 9, 2017 at 8:01 am

  26. Right here in my country we have some horrible terrorists…

    June 9, 2017 at 8:02 am

    • It seems to be a global issue. It’s very sad the way some people behave.

      June 13, 2017 at 9:03 am

  27. I am very late reading this, Adrian. The last three weeks have left me pre-occupied and I have spent very little time on WP. On the night of the London Bridge attack, my daughter was on her way to London Bridge when a message from her husband alerted her to head towards a different station for a train home. Son, who lives just south of the Elephant heard the almost continuous sound of sirens and knew instinctively that something bad had happened.
    Your words are well judged, my friend.

    June 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    • Thank you Andy. It’s a very worrying time. It must be particularly worrying for you as a parent, with you son and daughter living and traveling around the capital. I lived in Islington when the bombs went off on the tube and the bus on 7/7. I knew I had to contact my parents as soon as I heard to let them know I was OK. I vividly remember that evening, crowds of people walking up from the city and along Upper Street heading north, an exodus of sorts. A very subdued mood palpable. We have to carry on living our lives of course and not let the terrorists win.

      June 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

      • Our daughter lost a dear friend on the bus that was bombed on 7/7 – brought the attack very close to home.

        June 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      • How sad. We always imagine these things simply happen to someone else. That must indeed have been way too close for comfort. That really was a terrible day.

        June 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

  28. Hope everything is ok with you.Have a fine day.

    June 12, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    • I’m good thank you Lou! Thank you for asking. I hope you have a great day too! :-)

      June 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

  29. A truly breathtaking photo, Adrian, so full of light and beauty. We have to believe that good will prevail over evil. There are far more decent and heroic people in our world, and they will not be cowed by the hateful and depraved few who plan and perform such unbelievably cruel and senseless acts of terrorism.

    June 13, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    • I couldn’t agree more Sylvia. Thank you for your comment.

      June 13, 2017 at 2:02 pm

  30. Very well said, Adrian. And what a beautiful photo too underline your word. In the meantime London was in the news again, how awfully sad and frightening. Sorry for being so very late for this one, dear friend. Sending you and Chris love and hugs from London airport. xox

    June 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    • Thank you Hannah. I hope we can catch up properly soon.. Love and hugs from us both to both of you.. :-) x

      June 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm

  31. thanks for al your visits to my blog.

    June 20, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    • It’s always a pleasure Lou! Thank you so much for your loyalty to my blog. :-)

      June 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm

  32. One word…Awesome ! :)

    June 21, 2017 at 11:23 am

    • Thank you very much Christina!

      June 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    • Thank you very much Christina! :-)

      July 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm

  33. Flawlessly said. Much thanks to you for the update that decency exceeds the awful. It’s frequently difficult to recollect that amidst such darkness..

    June 22, 2017 at 7:32 am

    • It is indeed. Thank you so much for your comment.

      June 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm

  34. Manchester and then London.. the world has gone mad, but like you said, it’s reassuring to know that there is still some goodness in people’s heart. There is hope.

    June 24, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    • Thank you Gin. Yes there is hope. I always felt privileged when I was teaching 14-18 year olds. These kids were the future and for the most part, they were all good people in the making and it was a fantastic antidote to the terrible news heard far too regularly. Sadly there are far too many bad people out there but there are far more good people.

      July 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm

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    June 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    • Always a pleasure Lou! :-)

      July 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm

  36. Shocking and extremely distressing in the US as well, despite the callousness of our new President. A beautiful post.

    June 27, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    • Thank you very much Elena. I’m glad you think so.

      July 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm

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  38. Wise words indeed. We are confronted by evil every day, sometimes even in our leaders, but goodness will prevail, I’m sure.

    September 6, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    • Thank you very much! I too like to think that good will prevail over evil. The vast majority of us are good people.

      September 7, 2017 at 5:38 am