It has been over a month since tragedy struck at the heart of the City of Flowers, Peshawar. The official figures state that more than 130 children were killed in an act of senseless violence. Yet, as I stood alone outside the Multan Press Club on the protest for the one month since the massacre, I couldn’t help but notice how lively the world around me looked. It seemed as if nothing had changed at all. That we did not suffer a massive loss of life just one month ago.

It doesn’t need to be reiterated how the Peshawar massacre paints a horrible picture of life in Pakistan in general. To someone who does not live here, it implies that our children aren’t safe, even in their own schools. That our security agencies are either incompetent or dealing with such a heavy burden that the incidents that slip through their cracks are ones like this. Which only begs the question that if this is the incident that slipped through the crack, then how bad were the ones that were stopped? It also implies how our legislators, our politicians, our governments, federal and provincial, are again, either can’t or won’t do their jobs.

What bothers me the most however is how this, while obvious to outsiders, is just invisible to us. We can’t even see how horrific the massacre was. We have just accepted that that sort of thing happens in our country. It doesn’t even register to the common man, let alone the higher echelons of power, how cheap life has become.

Politicians are still using the massacre to further their own agendas. The religious right in Pakistan is using that to spread even more apologia. The security agencies are using that for their own problems. The public outrage itself has begun to dissipate, with the advent of two new “Cause du Jour” in electronic media: the protests against Charlie Hebdo and the wedding of Imran Khan. The apathy, the carelessness is palpable.

It is time, however, to not be apathetic anymore. This war, it is not someone else’s war. The massacre in Peshawar isn’t the only thing that has happened to us. It is one in a long string of massacres. Ones that have claimed the lives of over 70,000 Pakistanis. And it is not just the ones with guns that are our enemies.

There are those that sympathize with the ones who carry the guns. Those that make excuses for the murderers of children. That mind-set, and those subscribing to it, are the ones we should be against. Those are an even bigger enemy.

There are a few that are speaking up. That are going out in the streets, naming and shaming the perpetrators. Let’s not hide behind weasel words any more. Let’s name our enemies. Name the Taliban. Call them your enemies. Name the various militant outfits, from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi to Sipah-e-Sahaba. Nothing will change until we, the people, hold these people responsible and that won’t happen until we break out of our apathy. Life is not supposed to be like this. It is not meant to be lived in the shadow of fear. It is meant to have freedom from the fear. If we don’t understand that, then we will leave the entire world worse for it. The choice is ours.