As President Obama said, Friday’s deadly assaults weren’t just an attack on Paris and the people of France, but “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.” And as barbaric as the attacks were, the values of unity and solidarity began to assert themselves almost immediately. With the city still in chaos, the hashtag #PorteOuverte (or #OpenDoor) appeared on Twitter from Parisians promising safe haven to any who needed to get off the streets. There were many other small moments of compassion and cohesion — people fighting back by standing together, choosing connection over isolation — where the people of Paris reminded us that our greatest strength in maintaining a free and open society is to recognize our common humanity. Be sure to check out HuffPost’s (and for those of you who speak French, Le Huffington Post’s) on-going coverage of the attacks and their aftermath, including Anne Sinclair’s powerful post.
(This commentary was sampled from The Huffington Post.)