If You Live in Fear, They’ve Already Won

Everyone knows what’s been going on in Paris this past week, so I don’t feel that I need to go into details retelling the tragic events, but even so I wanted to let my friends and family know that I’m okay and safe. I’ve still been taking the metro, going to school, and hanging out with friends as usual, although I was avoiding the most touristy areas. Yet, in reality, these things can happen anywhere, and no matter how many times I’m told to be careful, there’s nothing I can do if someone comes at me with a gun. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but it’s the truth. Plus, a terrorist attack can take place anywhere at anytime; we can’t stop living our lives and never leave the house. As one of my teachers at EF told me: if you live in fear, they’ve already won.


I didn’t go to any of the manifestations, and maybe I should have. In fact, part of me wishes that I had, since I too want to stand up for what is right and be part of something bigger than my little life.

charlie hebdo

You can’t walk down one street of Paris without finding street art, signs taped to buildings, or tshirts in store windows honoring Charlie Hebdo with the phrase “Je Suis Charlie.”


To be completely honest, it’s not even the fact that it’s happening in Paris that unnerves me the most but that it’s happening at all. Since I’m going into the field of journalism and I’m Jewish, I feel especially disturbed by everything that’s happened. I will never be able to understand how people exist who can do such awful things, who can intentionally hurt other people. It’s completely depressing to think about, and all we can hope for now is that these awful events only bring us closer together in a movement for peace.

  1 comment for “If You Live in Fear, They’ve Already Won

  1. Lori
    January 14, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Juliet, you don’t need many words to express such serious thoughts. I agree with you totally and it makes me sad that the world needs to be a place where there is violence and intolerance and such loud expressions of both. Not only do I grapple with my own feelings over these horrible incidents but I feel profoundly sad that my children have to be aware of this at still a young age.

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