A sickness grips the world ...
The sickness gripping the world is not about good and evil, I think it is about sickness and health.
Overcoming sick desires to kill and maim for purposes one has convinced themselves is in the name of a god, allah, deity, avatar ... name it what you will may be able to be curbed over time with education, counseling for those lost nobodies who support these criminal barbaric acts.
I feel it is too late for the perpetrators of these violent crimes to be rehabilitated but it is not too late for younger men & women who find themselves with these violent tendencies. As it appears there are consistent barbaric events perpetrated in the name of Allah, not always but mostly, both home grown and not. I believe, more and more emphasis should be placed on prevention rather than cure. A true health analogy. There will be no negotiating with perpetrators, their sickness is so great they intend to die.
As I heard it this morning can not more young counselors be employed to work with youth to guide these youngsters into to more meaningful lives to live and enjoy? Where is respect, understanding, love and caring coming from in relation to our youth, from us, our parents, leaders, teachers, our community? Ask ourselves what is going on and help try and stop it. Take little steps in every way that we can see fruitful. Even if we can't think of any help we can give, at least "think"!
Of course as is always the case, it is a few who destroy it for the rest but if we can all work with the grass routes of our societies and if we took it upon ourselves to make sure our friends and family are safe and mentally well then surely we will spread the goodwill needed. If only we had as many young counselors as we do police.
It will take generations but it starts here.