They Don’t Recognize The Value Of Life

That’s been my first impression when terrorists go after large crowds.  I was wrong.  Terrorists know full well the value of life – that’s why they go after large crowds.

What was I thinking? 

I assumed that terrorists don’t recognize the value of human life because if they did, they would find other – smarter – ways to make whatever their fucking point is.  Killing lots of innocent people doesn’t teach anyone anything.  It just makes other people want to kill the killers and the people behind them.

Lots of killing.

When will people evolve out of barbarianism?  I wonder what year it’ll be.  20,200? 50,677?  Or will we end ourselves?

Astrophysicist  Neil deGrasse Tyson said something on Bill Maher last night that got my attention.  He said that if we can make Mars inhabitable for people, we can keep Earth inhabitable for people.  There’s no good reason we should ever have to replant ourselves.

But some of us are just – THICK.

It’s hard to wrap my head around crazy and inhumane when I know that terrorists aren’t alcoholics.  If they were alcoholics, that detail certainly wouldn’t excuse their behavior but it would explain it.  Their motivations and behavior aren’t fueled by mind altering substances.  So, what’s left?

Hate.

I think most people would agree that hate is the opposite of love.

Hate is at one end of a long pole – and love is at the opposite end, far far away.  BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE POLE.  This means that they’re two extremes of the same thing.

What is that thing?

Most people who have studied psychology understand that hate is extreme fear.  There are really only two emotions – and variations of them – love and fear.

So what the fuck are terrorists so afraid of?

We are witness to and part of a crazy time in the human experience.  I can only imagine what our great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandkid’s impressions of us will be.

via Daily Prompt: Impression

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