Following the unspeakable terrorist attacks in Paris, the world came together to advocate for peace and against violence. Last night, after having a weekend to reflect, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah finally got to speak his mind about the devastating incident. And his speech was beautiful.
In a moving two-minute monologue, Noah delivered the perfect balance of seriousness, insightfulness and humour to express his thoughts.
“Our lives are defined by moments. Dinner with family, taking a nice drive together…friends gathering at somebody’s house to watch Ronda get kicked in the neck. And I think the reason it’s so painful is because often, terrorism seeks to replace these moments with death and fear. We are all afraid. We replace that fear with anger a lot of the time, but I think what we should try to choose to do is not focus on the perpetrators, because every attack, whether it’s Paris, Beirut, Kenya, seems less about a specific group and more about an attack on humanity itself.”
Noah went on to praise the kindness and humanity that the citizens of Paris showed for one another following the attacks and how it is important for us to focus on love over violence in the face of these tragedies.
“Our prayers will be with Paris, our prayers are with the people. But let’s not forget, before we fight, to love.”
Watch Trevor’s touching monologue in its entirety above. It is a must-see.