He’s a person whose interpretation of events around him led him to commit a terroristic act. This I say, not to anger people, or distract from the acts he committed, but to draw attention to the distinction I’m making. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon this week, was likely not born a terrorist. Instead, the events and experiences in his life led him to commit those acts.
Lately we have been seeing similar acts committed around the country with increasing frequency. At some point, we’re going to have to admit that these children weren’t born as deranged psychopaths, and admit that our society might bear some responsibility. What responsibility? I don’t know, but if we simply label these kids as terrorists and throw them away, we’ll never know. If we re-label them as “people whose interpretation of events around them led them to commit terroristic acts” it will be much easier to let go of the anger, ask “why?” and hopefully find a way to make changes that will stem the current tide.
To quote Albert Einstein, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” He’s right. What we interpret as reality is just an illusion created by our brains based on our brains interpretation of the things we’ve experienced. Now, when you consider that we make our decisions based on our interpretation of reality, you can see how people can have vastly different beliefs, and even justify horrible acts. The real key to preventing tragedies like this is in understanding.
If we take the time to ask “Why?” and try to understand what led these young people to such horrible conclusions, we can find ways to help others come to better conclusions. Rather than lying to ourselves, blaming inanimate objects and potentially making the situation worse, we can begin to actually solve the problem.