I haven't posted on here in a while for a variety of reasons, and I was debating posting this. But I will.
Of all of the places Hello Kitty has visited, Barcelona is easily one of the top destinations. It is such a beautiful city, such a relaxing vibe, and the people are wonderful. Tourism has become controversial due to the city being so popular; it is a victim of its own success.
But now it is a victim of something far more sinister. Terrorism is a reality unfortunately, and now Barcelona is the latest to take a hit. I'm too emotionally exhausted to argue about the nuances that differentiate Islamic terrorism from Islam itself, and the difference between this and the recent events in Virginia.
I've given it a lot of thought, and all this bickering is pointless and just fuels this culture of hatred and violence. It is our instinct to react and respond to hatred, but I doing so we just fuel the fires even more. These people are looking to fight, they are looking to legitimize their rage, and we can't give them what they want. When we turn these events into calls to ban immigrants/refugees/Muslims, we are fueling this violence because we are punishing people for things they had no control over. And often, doing so turns them to the dark side. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy, and a never ending cycle of hate.
And that's where Hello Kitty comes in. Hello Kitty symbolizes happiness, peace, kindness, friendship, and, most importantly, innocence. In the uncertain and violent age we live in, Hello Kitty represents the good in the world and serves as a counterbalance to the hatred.
Hello Kitty adventures is about promoting understanding by exploring the world, interacting with new people, and breaking down walls of ignorance and hate. She's just a girl, who dresses like a cat, searching for the humanity and kindness she knows exists in the world, and she will never let the shadows of hatred darken her heart. Her heart is full of love and optimism and she's here to share it with the world.
The world is a beautiful place. You shouldn't ignore the bad things, but you need to realize the best way to respond to it. We love you #Barcelona.