Violence leads to more questions than answers

Supposedly we live in the best of times and yet people in general are angrier, more impatient, more intolerant, more frustrated

Why do we see so much rage in the world today? Supposedly we live in the best of times and yet people in general are angrier, more impatient, more intolerant, more frustrated — the list goes on.

We see the rage on the streets and highways, at sporting events, in schools. It seems as though people are just waiting for a trigger to set them off. So much violence, vandalism and destruction — even against the dead! What triggers the vandalism in cemeteries? Did any of the people peacefully sleeping there suddenly rise up and threaten the vandals to make them senselessly start smashing headstones? Not very likely.

And then we have the religious fanatics, but this of course has been going on for centuries. Why can’t they just believe what they want to believe and leave the rest of the world alone? If we could all just live by the age-old golden rule the world would be a happier, safer and more peaceful place. We don’t have to love everyone, but as a human we could at the very least be tolerant of others.

As I write this, there is breaking news of the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the shooter apparently having travelled 200 kilometres to carry out this attack — over 50 murdered and another 50 wounded, some critically. Why? Fanaticism? Anger?

Will our neighbours to the south never realize that their right to bear more and more arms only leads to more and more deaths? If Donald Trump wins the presidential race, I’m afraid we will see even more guns and thus more deaths.

 

Joan Winfrey

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