“Dad, there’s going to be a World War III,” my nine-year-old said to me, as I was drying him from his bath.
“Nah, buddy. I think we’re all going to be okay,” I reassured, knowing I was lying.
“No dad …seriously. A lot of people hate each other. There’s definitely going to be a World War III.”
I smiled at him, kissed his head and said, “well, maybe one day, a long long time from now. But we’re safe right now, pal.” Then I tousled his hair, gave him a reassuring wink and sent him on his way. But inside, my stomach was churning because deep down …I knew he was right.
I don’t know how he knew to say something like that because there’s no way he could’ve known about the Charlie Hebdo attacks of earlier in the year. He couldn’t have known about the attempted terrorist attack in Texas shortly after. I’m certain he doesn’t know about the Chattanooga shooting involving a radicalized shooter and some unarmed Marines. I know for a fact he doesn’t know about the hundreds of Christians being beheaded and crucified in the middle east. He’s probably not aware of the thousands of Syrian refugees pouring over European borders. He hasn’t seen the wreckage of the Egyptian airliner. And I’ve made it a point to shield his eyes from the horror unfolding in Paris. Yet …he can feel something isn’t right in the world. So can I.
If you’ve ever wondered what “existential threat” means, now is the time to look it up. MORE