The horrible events that took place in Paris on Friday November 13, 2015 are a window into the crazed nature of the human world. It may provide some cathartic yet transient relief to allow raw emotion to dictate our collective response. It may seem like right thinking to regard these horrific actions as representing pure and unadulterated evil. Yet to do so without examining our own collective behavior as representatives of the so-called “developed world” especially in regard to our overt colonial behavior and the concomitant use of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East over much of recent history is to live in a kind dream world markedly divorced from reality
Human history is permeated with such acts of unimaginable brutality. This behavior knows no allegiance to any particular ethnic group, religious affiliation or political system. Collectively, the species has gone through the same and seemingly endless cycle of violence and retribution again and again. We can certainly choose to perpetuate this particular journey once again – the most likely scenario. Or, we could choose an entirely different path. As usual, the choice is ours to make.
This planet is our only home. We are all feeble passenger through time; our sojourn is brief, and the cosmos is wondrous and vast. The kind of world we leave in our wake is a natural consequence of how we choose to live now.