Bombings, shootings, knifings, melee attacks, car attacks.
Is this what our world is coming to?
If you add up all the worldwide terror attacks for 2016, as of Noon, March 22, 2016, there are more than 6000 dead and wounded. That’s not terror, that’s war. Most of these attacks take place in Africa or Asia, with the epicenter being the Middle East, but that only shows the global conflict taking place. With instant international communications, it’s easy to see the impact of highly motivated, suicidal, terrorists.
This new normal has roots that wind as deep in our society as the platforms of Social Media. It’s easy to come to dislike, categorize, diminish, and demean people if you don’t have to look them in the eye. Furthermore, if you are pre-disposed to be prejudicial, or hateful, Social Media makes it easy to both find people like you with the same likes and dislikes, but also to find targets, and victims to go after.
One thing that goes along with Social Media is a desire to spew Irresponsible Dialog. It’s illegal to go into a movie theatre and yell “Fire!” The reason for that is the people who lost their lives, jumping out of balconies and in front of cars when somebody had a good laugh. It’s the same thing happening now, if somebody draws the wrong cartoon or says something against this person’s idol, a blood feud erupts. The most vile things possible cross the wires and land in the news feed of thousands of people. Several of which feed on this angst.
There is a pronounced lack of a Moral Directive in today’s society. The overwhelming need is to say and do what is best for each individual, regardless of the repercussions. “All college should be free, we don’t care who pays for it.” People spout about who should be killed, who should be thrown out of the country, that property should be taken away. Where do these thoughts come from? None other than the entitlement lifestyle maintained by so many. When everyone gets a trophy, why shouldn’t everyone have a Ferrari or Porsche?
Our leaders have to take some responsibility too. Instead of standing for moral boundaries, they seek to appease different camps depending on the political winds. Our President will have a beer with a plumber, but shouts about bringing a gun to a knife fight when riots take place. This is not how responsible, moral leaders should act. This is not how responsible, moral people should act.
“The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
The above quote has been requoted a number of times. The reason is the simple truth it embodies. The United States finally (FINALLY!) declared the attacks and depredations on Christians in Iraq and Syria by ISIS a genocide. If you are being killed because of your race or beliefs, what else can it be? But instead of taking action to stop such things, the government of this country seeks to appease those factions. Remember the “deal” with Iran? That wasn’t a deal, that was capitulation.
At some point we have to turn off of the interstate of fear and loathing and take the more peaceful side roads that occupy the heartland of America. These “side roads” typically are lined with churches, farms, and kids playing regardless of attacks by madmen in far off lands. In those churches, one of the things that would be spoken would be this verse:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
The American in me demands action. The Christian demands in me demands peace and forgiveness. I’ll be honest, I don’t have the answers. I just feel we are at the brink of a new war that will require sacrifice of blood, treasure and a measure of our soul.