Today marks the third and final day of official mourning that President Hollande designated for the country in the wake of the attacks that stunned Paris and the entire country. Indeed, yes, the world, really.
As I mentioned before, there were signs of solidarity and support of Paris around the world. Some of the sites around the world that lit up in the colors of the French flag included the Sydney Opera House, the Statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro, and the Space Needle in Seattle. There were moments of silence in recognition of the victims of the Paris attacks at major sports events throughout North America today, and there have been very public shows of support otherwise throughout the world.
There were scares apparently in Paris since, including at one of the place where people were congregating to lay flowers and pay their respects for the victims, although stability has been restored in Paris, seemingly.
Some reactions have been predictable, such as France launching airstrikes against ISIS targets. Another major offensive in the "War on Terror" seems likely at the moment, and I, for one, fear that this just might actually be World War III, as Pope Francis suggested.
However, sometimes it is good to take a step back. Not all of the reactions and responses to the attacks were as predictable.
Here is one example: one man decided to bike a grand piano near to Le Bataclan, the site where most of those killed in the attacks on Friday were, while attending a concert. He wordlessly played a beautiful rendition of John Lennon's Imagine, which I always thought was one of the most beautiful songs that I know of, and extremely appropriate for the occasion. One cannot help but wonder what John Lennon would think and say if he were alive to see all that is happening in the world today.
So, it seemed like something that needed to be shared. The videos are above, and there is an additional link below:
Man bikes grand piano to attacked Paris concert hall, plays Lennon's Imagine by Haydn Watters, CBC News Posted: Nov 14, 2015: