Isn’t bad enough that we are dealing with individuals from outside our country who feel justified in causing terrible harm and destruction on our turf but we have our own home-grown individuals who feel that they have the right to harm others while making their point? THIS TRULY AND UTTERLY PISSES ME OFF! To think that the veneer of civilization is so thin that we will resort to violence to make our point is a mark of decay on our society. Just recently a group of individuals were arrested by the FBI for plotting to bomb the Miami FBI headquarters, the Sears Tower and other well know US land marks. They were US citizens who sought to wage a ‘holy war’. They were our own. Yet a supposed spokesperson for the group claimed that they were truly a ‘peaceful’ religious group. Are they peaceful in the way of the late Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice Terry Nichols? I do not believe that the victims or their families of the Oklahoma City Bombing of the Murrow Building felt that it was a peaceful act. Are they peaceful in the way a victim of domestic abuse? No, they were actively planning on “killing all the devils”. Of course they were holy enough to judge who was worthy and who was not.
Our society has glorified violence and it has become a blot on our civilization. With games that encourage theft, the objectification of women, the glorification of murder and rape, and the accumulation of all things material. We have lost two generations, and generations to come, that do not value civility. Crimes are on the rise that mirrors the violent video and computer games. The message is that it is okay to take without asking and deprive those in need. Got to have it, I will take it.
Culturally, a fantasy has been made the social norm, being able to have the best and the most expensive immediately with out working for it. It’s all about the bling. People who have all of this are venerated and made example of what we should have. If we don’t meet this standard we have failed. The message sent is that we can not have too much money, be too skinny, or have too many things.
We have religious leaders encouraging war in the name of God. That the ‘radical Muslim’s are ‘Satanic’’. Look how successful the Crusades were, in the name of God England’s coffers were beggared and a generation lost. Doesn’t al-Qaeda feel they are fighting in the name of God and that they deserve to rule the world? I am a religious person, but I truly feel that every individual on the face of the earth is my spiritual brother or sister, they are all children of God. That is how I choose to view the world, it makes my view less caustic and more willing to find a solution. Whatever happened to love, compassion and forgiveness? All I can think of is that God is very disheartened with the violence that has engulfed His children. Some would say that if God is all powerful that He would stop all wars and create a peaceful society. The only problem with that is that it would strip us, His children, of the fundamental precept that makes us unique. Free Will. Every time a person kills another, takes something that is not theirs, fails to lend a helping hand, they make a choice. In the end, that choice will weigh in our judgment.
Civility is what allows us to make peace with the world around us and deal with the threats as needed. The veneer of civilization might be thin, but it is what filters our reactions and our views. Civility gives us a framework by which we can create a structure of laws that govern us and help us get along in a world that is often chaotic and difficult. We benefit from learning about the world around us and seeing things through their viewpoint. Changing our view point enriches and educates us. The United States of the America is no longer isolated by the oceans; the World Wide Web makes us all neighbors. Building a community with our neighbors makes us all better people. As Americans, we need to be educated about our neighbors. We will find that they are more like us than we ever knew. They experience the same trials and tribulations that we do, they just do it in a different language and in different part of the world.
Terrorism is not the answer to the problems of the world. Whether they are domestic or international terrorist, they are simply bullies who have threatened their way to power. Without their bombs, volunteers or the media, they are nothing. We can not live in an eye for and eye mentality, it has made the world blind. We have greater needs in the world. Poverty and disease run rampant through the world. These two blights ravage all countries, no matter their economic standing. The have’s are starving and enslaving the have not’s. Gandhi changed the sub-continent of India in his vision of peaceful demonstration. Here in the US we must tend to our communities the way a gardener tends a garden. Tending each plant and removing the weeds. Terrorism is a prolific weed in the garden of the world. Let us uproot and remove this weed from our presence and be better gardeners in our community. A community that is tended well affects the world in ways that can not be imagined for the betterment of humankind and the world.