Life may be cruel, life may be terrifying, but do not give up.
The American revolution, for example, the Americans were farmers, the British were well trained soldiers with lots of experience of battle. The farmers won. Why? They had hope.
They both had allies. The Americans had the French. The British had the Germans. But while the British fought to control, the Americans fought for their lives and their freedom. The hope of something better.
Another example would be 9/11. That hurt the economy real bad and killed thousands. But we still stand. We have hope. Don’t give up. Continue. You can do it. If you cry, that is okay. It says your human.
Another example would be the Black death pandemic. Over an estimated 3.5 million people lost their lives. That outbreak of disease ravaged Europe between 1347 and 1351, taking a proportionately greater toll of life than any other known epidemic or war up to that time. But Europe is still there.
In France the Toulouse chemical factory explosion occurred on September 21st 2001. It was heard over 80 kilometers (50 miles) away. The explosion was so great that it measured 3.4 on the Richter scale. It devastated the factory and the town as the explosion was equivalent to 20-40 tons of TNT. But the people rushed to their neighbors and helped each other through the aftermath, giving hope to each other that they would rebuild and survive.
In 1556 China the Shaanxi Earthquake shook the world. The catastrophic earthquake is also the deadliest earthquake on record, killing approximately 830,000 people. More than 97 counties in the provinces of Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan, Gansu, Hebei, Shandong, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu and Anhui were affected on the quiet morning of January 23rd 1556. Most of the population in the area at the time lived in yaodongs, artificial caves in loess cliffs, many of which collapsed with catastrophic loss of life.
The Great East Japan Earthquake also known as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake occurred on Friday March 11 2011 off the coast of Japan. The epicentre approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi) east of the Oshika Peninsula. According to Wikipedia: It was the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan, and the fifth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900. What did more damage than the earthquake off shore, was the subsequent tsunami that devastated the coast line, including a nuclear power plant that is still affecting the local community today.
All these disasters have taken their toll on people. But those who maintained hope that they would survive, endure and over come brought their people and communities forward and are still sharing their gifts of hope today.
Now listen to this song by Nickelback – and Stand Together with Hope! (YouTube)