"Obviously, this whole show is about celebrating life and standing up for your rights, fighting for what you believe in," said Madonna. She opened with this sentiment, choking up several times, trying to get the words out.
She then questioned herself, wondering why she was performing on stage, laughing and having a good time, when so many other people in the world were crying and in pain. "However," she remarked, "that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won't let them. We will never let them! Because there is power in unity, and I do believe that as much chaos, and pain, and senseless violence and terrorism that occurs around this world, not just in Paris, as much as that that does occur, there is more goodness in this world. We are here to prove it."
Wow. Truly powerful words, and a vital message we should remember, especially in times of trouble. The "Material Girl" singer exclaimed, "The way we change the world is not to elect another president, not to kill a hundred more people. The way we change the world is that we change the way we treat one another on a daily basis...we must start treating every human being with dignity and respect, and this is the only thing that will change the world."
Shortly after, Madonna asked for a moment of silence for everyone affected by the attacks in Paris. As she dabbed tears from her eyes with a tissue, Madonna lead the massive crowd in a beautiful rendition of "Like a Prayer."
Later, she shared this photo on Instagram with a heartwarming message.
"Thank you Stockholm! Tonight's show was difficult but there was so much love in this arena it made me feel like we were turning darkness into light. And that is our jobs as human beings!"
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