Last week in New Delhi, a radical group of Muslims bombed at market full of civilians. The Muslim militant group Indian Mujahedeen took responsibility. The group sent an email to the media five minutes before the first bomb went off. I realize this happens all the time and not just in India. The problem is that it is happening more. The other problem is that we are allowing it to happen more.
I’m safely tucked away in middle America. Not much happens here. But this is really beginning to trouble me. It’s not just because soon enough it will spread here (which it will) but it is a philosophical, spiritual problem. How do we deal with it?
In the Bible (Matthew 5:39), Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek to evil. This simple passage has changed the world in so many ways. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi practiced this core belief in their peaceful protests. Even in the face of death, they both turned the other cheek. When freedom riders were beat to death in the racist American south of the 1950’s and 1960’s, they did not fight back. Where did these people get the moral integrity to stand for peace when other stood for violence.
Obviously, the problem of evil is a very, very old one and anything can be evil to someone. However, I think we can all agree that blowing up a market full of families is truly evil. What would make someone do this? What is the psychology of these people. Is there any rationality at all? I hate these people but I want to understand.
“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda