Brussels Shows One Thing Above All: We're All In The Same Boat

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 23:  People observe a one minute silence at the Place De La Bourse in honour of the victims of yest
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 23: People observe a one minute silence at the Place De La Bourse in honour of the victims of yesterdays' terror attacks on March 23, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Belgium is observing three days of national mourning after 34 people were killed in a twin suicide blast at Zaventem Airport and a further bomb attack at Maelbeek Metro Station. Two brothers are thought to have carried out the airport attack and an international manhunt is underway for a third suspect. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Brussels shows one thing above all: we're all in the same boat. Whether in Istanbul, in Paris, Grand-Bassam, Islamabad, Brussels, or Ankara, everywhere it's innocent lives that are taken, innocent blood that is spilled, and everywhere innocent tears that are wept by loved ones.

But on rough seas, the ones who survive are those who stay together and have each others' backs, who sail together and stay the course together, who maneuver together -- because of the stormy weather, not despite it.

If the boat sinks, we all go under.

But at this point, anyone who finds joy in another's suffering, who uses terror for his own political ends, and who uses the death of another to fan the flames of his own hate, has stupidly failed to grasp that he himself will go under too if our collective boat sinks.

That guy's already jumped out of the boat and is being dragged down by the undertow. But it's still our task, those who are still in the same boat together, to throw even that confused and erring man a life ring and unite us all together on the boat. Because even in rough seas, we don't lose or betray our values and our morality. It doesn't matter whether the storm finds us in Ankara or in Brussels.

This post appeared on HuffPost Germany. It has been translated into English and edited for clarity.