, Newburyport, MA


April 25, 2013

Violence, evolution, science and religion

As we all grieve for those injured and mourn the loss of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, we find a stifling numbness inside our hearts and minds that will haunt us for a long time. I believe I can speak for all when I say to the families, our eyes cry with you and our hearts share your pain.

We once again ask why and how someone could perpetrate this senseless violence. Why did 8-year- old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, 23-year-old Lingzi Lu and 26-year-old Sean Collier have to die? Why did so many others have to suffer bodily harm? Questions we hope will be answered by our law enforcement professionals since the arrest of the alleged attacker. Even with answers, we’ll still be left with an emptiness of heart and mind because our compassion as rational human beings cannot fathom this violence.

Early reports say this may have been an Islamic jihad attack carried out by these Chechnyan men, the detainee being an American citizen. If Islamic jihad is confirmed, we must not blame Muslims. Islamic jihad is a sick ideology taught by radical lunatics. It’s not true Islam. Some politicians have already called out Muslims and want the attacker deemed an enemy combatant. American-born Adam Lanza murdered 20 children in Newtown, Conn., with an assault rifle. Why isn’t he deemed an enemy combatant? Let’s put the political hackery aside.

We all expect to live long lives. When our young die, it’s from illness, accidents or, in this case, violence. As to death, our imperfect bodies are only temporary hosts for the universal energy that gives us life. This energy connects us all. Our bodies live and die, but our energy, our spirit, is infinite. We will mourn the loss of these young people, and we can and will keep our strength in the knowledge that their spirits live on in a new life and forever in the hearts of their families, as well as all of us, because we are all connected in spirit through the universal energy that gives us life. This universal connection is why we grieve and mourn together. It is also why we stand in solidarity with one another. Without this connection, we would be uncaring automatons.

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