Whether flight PS752 was shot down by mistake, or on purpose, we need to take note of the fact that when war happens, senseless deaths like these occur.
For those of us in Canada, this war hits close to our home. But, for citizens of war torn countries, innocent citizens are killed daily.
How does this relate to bullying? Choosing violence to end conflict results in unnecessary pain. Whether that violence is missiles or using words, the creation of pain only creates more pain.
It doesn't end there. That violence can create more violence, or, it silences the other side.
Either way keeps a cycle of aggression and victimization alive and well.
It is not the solution, as Michael Franti so eloquently says: "you can't bomb the world to peace".
Peace comes through dialogue, through compassion, through finding the root of problems and looking for creative solutions.
To all of the families and friends who are struggling with these senseless deaths - my heart is with you.
To all the families and friends who are struggling with cycles of bullying - my heart is with you too.
Kathleen is an anti-bullying specialist, a conflict coach, a teacher, mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend...