In the wake of last night’s news about the attack at a concert in Manchester, UK, I think it important to take a pause and ask a simple question. To what point does random violence make direction to a profitable end? And by profitable I mean something you seek. When I see an 8-year old is among the dead, all it does it make me angry. I’m not converting to Islam, or to Christianity or anything else when I see acts like these. And all faiths – most anyway since I have never seen Taoist or Buddhist terrorism – seem to have some culpability in this relatively recent phenomenon.
Only I don’t think it is the faith that is doing it.
Radicals can be created in any faith, but when you start being radical I would argue you are no longer part of the faith. Spirituality is a strong component of Leadership Zen (my own spirituality remaining a less than closely guarded secret, but I have one). I think it is important for the MBSS Connection (Mind, Body, Soul, Spirit) which is central to our philosophy. I think when you claim righteousness in the name of any god, religion, faith or sect – the problem isn’t mine, it is your own.
The USA is about freedom of religion. The Declaration of Human Rights says the same. So in my mind if you have to kill, torture, abuse, berate, or otherwise use violence or non-violent yet inhumane means to get someone to agree with you and your beliefs, then your beliefs have issues. Good ideas promote themselves.
So my heart bleeds for those who lost last night. My resolve remains strong that I will not give into fear. My hope stays just what it is that others do not as well, and that calmer minds will prevail. This ideological war is stupid, be it religion or politics, and it isn’t supported by facts. Have your beliefs. But let me have mine too.