Boston Thoughts

Boston Marathon BombingWith the shock and sadness upon hearing the news of the bombings in Boston still sinking in, I have again been forced to think about why people could ever consider the injuring and killing of others as a rational form of protest or demonstration?

Of course, it could be said, that these people are sick, psychologically deranged, but such acts require complicated and detailed planning and execution, so there must be a fair degree of intelligence being used.

While the US authorities search for the perpetrators, we should concentrate our thoughts and prayers on the victims and their families and friends. We should also give our full support for those within this country who are planning the security for this weekend’s London marathon in an effort to stop anything similar happening here.

Whether any good ever comes out of such incidents depends, in the broadest sense, on your viewpoint. Whilst it is very difficult for us to see things from the point of view of the bomber, we must try, if we are to make any progress towards averting any future attempts to repeat the events of yesterday.

The only way we can move forward into a world without terror, is for all parties involved, and that means including the bombers, to use Wisdom, Courage and Compassion to address the conflict, what ever that might be.

That may sound naive, but the only way to resolve any of these issues is to resort to dialogue rather than violence.

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