Monday, July 25, 2016
Dateline: The World.
In just the past few weeks we have seen images of terrorism around the world. Whether it is domestic terrorism such as the attacks on police in Dallas or Baton Rouge, the cowardly attacks on those who "protect and serve" or other terrorism around the world, it seems to be getting worse.
In Munich a lone gunman shot at people in front of a McDonald's after setting up a fake Facebook account indicating they were giving away free food. In Nice, a terrorist didn't even need to use a gun or a bomb. He used a tractor-trailer to mow down people in the streets. Their crime? They were celebrating Bastille Day. Nine people were killed in the former incident and eighty-four killed in the latter. These are just the latest events in a long string of terrorist attacks just since January.
Why the hell are we so angry? Why do we hate each other so much? Is it the difference in the color of our skin? Is it our fundamental ideas concerning how we treat each other or how we worship whatever deity we choose to worship? Is there a secret text in some of our basic teachings that only some of us in this world hear or read? Does this secret text tell some of us to kill?
If I had the answer...well, I don't. I do know that any of the fundamental teachings of all of the religions on the planet do not include injuring, maiming or killing as many people as we can. Perhaps in some satanic Bible or Koran or some other writing there is. But, I know for a fact that these things are condemned by my religion. I have to believe that in all of the other religions the same holds true.
I will not hold any one group up to the light as the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against humanity. There are many groups, including Isis, Al Jazeera, the neo-nazis, the white supremacists. Each have there own strange view of what is right and wrong in this world. Each target other people as not being sufficient to be in this world. As not being worthy of living. AND WHO ARE THEY TO JUDGE?
"Cry havoc! And let slip the dogs of war!" (Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene I)
What disturbs me the most is that war has been declared by so many on so many more and yet, the enemy doesn't wear a uniform. No, there are no redcoats, no Gestapo uniforms, nothing to let us know that they are near and that we are in danger. All of the sudden, in a flash, people die, people are harmed and our lives our changed forever.
As note in the title of this essay my question is still "Why?". It is my (perhaps very naive) belief that most people just want to live their lives quietly and with some prosperity. They want to enjoy their family and friends and maybe a good bottle of wine every so often or a good meal. They want to work their jobs and play with their children and try to teach them right from wrong. They want to hold the person they love at the end of the day.
I really don't believe any of us want to live in fear every moment of the our lives.
So what is the answer?
Only God knows. I hope that He will explain it to me when he takes me home with Him.
I am The NightFly and this is my view of this crazy, incredibly mixed up world.