Why children get killed. And other things we do not understand, or even begin to.

This has been on my mind for some time, and I can’t come up with anything better than what blogger Stephen “Yolly” Yolland has written here, so I’m sharing it with you all.

Well, This Is What I Think


One of the more difficult things for anyone with a brain to work out is “Why?”

Why do the most terrible things happen?

Why do a bunch of suicidal terrorists slaughter dozens of wonderful, bright, inquisitive, compassionate children and their teachers in pursuit of their goals, for example?

Why does a crazed gunman shoot people in a Sydney cafe?

Why do suicidal fanatics and car bombs regular reap their bloody toll of death in countries the world over, and in the Middle East especially?

Why does a father kill his two tiny daughters to “punish” his ex wife?

Why? Why? Why? What possible purpose do all these events hold?

Is it all part of some cosmic plan? Or is it an entirely random, meaningless moment in time? Disgusting in its mundanity.

Does it represent some titanic battle between supernatural forces of good and evil? Or is it merely a dull and…

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Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at www.geogepolleyauthor.com.
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18 Responses to Why children get killed. And other things we do not understand, or even begin to.

  1. shatara46 says:

    Does man really want to know “why” things are? Yes, but only if the answer can be pulled through whatever filter he happens to be programmed with. The question “why?” floats around like dust in a house with central heating and gets sucked down through various labyrinthine channels to the filter. If the filter doesn’t allow the dust particles through – there they stick, and there they clog the filter. That’s where bigotry, racism, misogyny, “scientific” research into weapons of mass destruction and all the rest of man’s “superior” qualities mutate and grow. Man needs a new filter. It’s called self-empowerment, the deadliest event to ever confront man’s dearly worshiped network of Matrix control safeguarding social violence.
    A better question: can man ever become self-empowered to the full extent of the concept?

    • gwpj says:

      Well said Shatara45. Your question “can mankind ever become self-empowered to the full extent of the concept?” I think the answer is a qualified “yes”, as compassion is a part of mankind’s makeup. Sad to say, compassion has never seemed to appeal to people who seek power and domination, and who see power and domination as the way to go. Power and domination get the publicity, seem more “exciting”. (More later, as I’m being called to lunch. 🙂 )

  2. Jerry grant says:

    Complicated question…there are no good answers ..one is its just a condition of mankind…there has been massive cruelty since the dawn of history…this is just us…as far as the earths latest madmen killing children…it’s simple ..they can’t shock and scare the world with beheadings..and car bombs anymore so the go after children..in Africa Pakistan and the Middle East…these Muslim goons need be stopped and their fellow Muslims need to do it…one would think that out of1.6billoon people they could come up with the means…it the west non Muslims try..it would just bring more idiots going to the devils aid…

    • shatara46 says:

      Unfortunately Jerry, that’s just another bigoted rant against a red flag, a knee-jerk response that attempts to deal with emotional anger. School shootings are not unknown in western “Christian” nations are they? If you are an American, I need not elaborate on that. Unarmed innocents locked in a school provide a very tempting target for psychopaths, as do members of an unarmed demonized race in their ghettos, as were the Jews of France and Germany during WWII. I don’t remember Muslims having much to do with that particular massacre of innocents. If one studies history it’s clear that violence against innocents knows neither race, belief nor nationality – it’s endemic to mankind, you have that correct, but there is a reason behind mankind’s propensity for violence and the sickness with which he chooses to indulge in it. The SOURCE of the violence, once conceded will lead man to a resolution, but as long as man steadfastly refuses, and I mean REFUSES TO CONSIDER WHY he is the way he is and keeps believing in false flag operations which go as far back as the garden of Eden, mankind is doomed to repeat his violence against nature, against animals, against women and against children. These are the acts of cowards and sociopaths, true, but who or what programmed these cowards and sociopaths? We should realize by now that simple nature left to its own devices could not support such madness, therefore a naturally evolved creature would not either. Then who/what was it that infected man’s mind with this evil? This to me is a purely rhetorical question – I know the answer but it’s not one that many care to hear, even less to even consider. I would be willing to give it a try, either through this blog or my (in its initial stages) WordPress blog, Burning Woman or via private email.

      • gwpj says:

        Me again Shatara46. Please do share your answer about who/what it was that infected man’s mind with this evil, which is, as you say, a purely rhetorical question, but . . . If Jerry isn’t interested in your answer, I am. And thank you, once again, for putting your oar in.

      • shatara46 says:

        Hi George, OK, I will as time permits. We’re talking here about a a lifetime (close to 70 years) of study, contemplation, and (acts which I won’t go into designed to satisfy my curiosity) and subsequent discoveries, and my conclusions. Do you want these as comments here, or do you want to look them up as relevant writings which I would post on my blog ~Burning Woman~ at WordPress? (Not sure how to insert the link to it here but maybe that’s already included in this comment? I’m new to WordPress)

  3. gwpj says:

    Is Burning Woman your WordPress address? I’ll see if I can find it, and go there. Close to 70 years of study? We must be around the same age, if those are your years. 🙂

    • gwpj says:

      I’ve got it. 🙂

      • shatara46 says:

        OK, great. I meant close to 70 years of life, and I’ve dedicated my life to observing what one life means. I did not mean academic study – my achievements in that area stopped at grade 12 (Canadian) and that’s all the academic torture I dared inflict on myself. Thoreau et al, were right: life is in living, not discussing. I’ll post my relevant observations on ~Burning Woman~ and you can take them from there. It’s a pretty clean place at the moment – I’ll concentrate on our mutual topic of interest which seems to be compassion and self-empowerment. We’ll see where it goes from there, eh? So, here’s hoping you can contribute to my findings and the expanding of my awareness. Thanks!

  4. Jerry grant says:

    Shatara46…of course. You are right about sociopaths and crazies attacking children in schools and elsewhere in the west…my point is that right now the Muslim nutcases are doing it as a organized attack for political gain..as they use car bombs and body bombs lone wolf killings by car and knife..this is now,,extreme Islam is thought in Saudi paid for schools throughout the levant.. have been over 250k..killed..twice as many wounded and maimed and millions displaced in Syria and Iraq..you must remember Iran running thousands of children into minefields in their war with Iraq…one can not close your eyes to such horror…I will follow your studies and surely hope your ideas can bring sanity to the messed up world

    • shatara46 says:

      One can always find examples of horrors and atrocities “on the other side” but how many such things did Americans inflict on Vietnamese and Cambodians during that insane slice of US hegemonic history? Or, let’s look at the repeated horrors done by Reagan and CIA contras in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Or the tortures and murders done by US-installed puppet dictators in pre-Castro Cuba, and every other banana republic, all the way to Tierra Del Fuego – let’s not forget who had the legitimate president of Chile murdered and installed that Fascist dictator Pinochet in his stead, ushering in a reign of terror through torture and executions to get rid of organized labour and pave the way for US based corporations to rape that country. Or we can jump back and look at American soldiers running wild over native territories just after the civil war and exterminating millions of innocent, unarmed civilians, indiscriminately slaughtering men, women and children. And then we can gallop on into Mexico. Surely every American knows about “Manifest Destiny” which would be a beacon of light for Hitler in his “Deutschland ober alles” conquests. How easy it is to forget when the “collective” hides the truth from its believers.

      It’s never a question of them versus us, it’s a question of man’s horrible propensity towards violence, as exemplified by the popularity of Hollywood spectacular movies or their heroes bathed in endless wham-ban bloody, gory violence. Nobody gets off this hook. Not until they squarely face their complicity in all of it and decide, as self-empowered individuals to turn their backs on all this system-fired violence and corruption and take full responsibility for themselves – INDIVIDUALLY – without the help of anyone else, be they gods, angels, men or demons. I have looked at mankind as a collective and basically condemned the lot as Mark Twain was fond of saying. But I look at people as individuals and then my compassion activates automatically. I take no side, know no side, for the moment a self-empowered individual does so, he loses all of it. The solution to man’s endemic love of violence will happen when each and every individual chooses to live and interact with others as an individual, taking full responsibility for all that impacts her/him and never, ever blame any other for anything. When love of violence ends, violence ends. Isn’t that what people, as individuals, actually desire? Isn’t that why they wish each other peace and goodwill and such? Are they such hopeless hypocrites that they don’t mean any of it? 7+ billions of ’em, and that means they are coming up against the wall of critical mass with no room to turn. It is time to change the music – world-wide. And it should be more than blatantly obvious by now that none of the old ways of collectivist control or violent reaction will ever resolve anything.

      So, we have to attempt something completely new, newer even than the “unconditional” love taught by the rabbi Jesus (whether he existed or not, I’m referring to New Testament gospel writings here) because he still believed in collective power and that will never work.
      (sorry, this is too long a comment already… )

    • shatara46 says:

      I had a comment here and lost it. But yes, I understand, and anyone can see there is no resolve in any use of the old tools. Man is faced with two paths now. The one he is most likely to follow is a global dictatorship. Of course every super power extant will want to be the repository of such power and predictably the world will burn as a result. The other is to become an avatar through personal self-empowerment by a personal choice, to do what is right according to one’s conscience even if it means death (that being a necessary aspect of self-empowerment, as is total detachment). Purpose: to serve others without equivocation, as in the concept popularized by Gandhi called satyagraha.
      Satyagraha (/ˌsætɪəˈɡrɑːhɑː/; Sanskrit: सत्याग्रह satyāgraha), loosely translated as “insistence on truth” (satya “truth”; agraha “insistence”) or holding onto truth[1] or truth force, is a particular philosophy and practice within the broader overall category generally known as nonviolent resistance or civil resistance. (complete definition at Wikipedia).
      My difference from Gandhi’s is that I refuse to involve anyone else in my choices. No one can follow in my footsteps and I follow no one else’s. But anyone is free to develop her/his own. I am planning to expound on these ideas on my WordPress blog.

  5. Jerry grant says:

    One more point if I may…the unspeakable horror perpetrated on the Jews during ww2 was carried on by a civilized Christian Germany WITH…the the help of the rest of the world,including America and England…this was the climax of 3000 years of hatred and demonizing…the Jews were lucky to escape with some folks left alive…this shock has yet to subside after 75 years,with only Israel standing in the way of the Jews finally passing into history,leaving only their contributions to the world and some museums ..left over…how the entire world,with few exceptions..could do this is a question that will challenge your theory’s indeed…I am looking foward to reading them

  6. Jerry grant says:

    Shatara 46…..there is no question that no nation or people’s religions have clean hands when it comes to treating others not of their tribe religion or whatever in a monstrous manner..at one time or another…if only you can come up with the magic.potion that can soften mans nature of violence that would be a true miracle…but I will tell you this..it’s not Christianity …that has failed miserably

    • shatara46 says:

      Any thinking person knows neither Christianity nor any organized religion or power group can deal with man’s innate violent nature. But to understand something and defeat, overcome or trump that “something” you have to know [understand] its source. My magic potion is simple: forget about any and all collective groupings to solve man’s problems and find out what sort of nature is expressed by man. Which means, know thyself. Once you know that, once you’ve delved deeply into your own mind and exposed as many dark corners as you could find, choose, by any and every means you can find, to make yourself into a compassionate being, no holds barred, and just keep working on yourself to achieve this to your dying day. It is possible for the leopard to change its spots. I learned long ago that if I can but change myself, my mind, I can change the world – even if this “virus” I’ve introduced takes a thousand years to spread.
      It is my theory that a compassionate nature will transform man into an empathic being. Achieve that and the problem of sociopathy is resolved – for me, for you, and never mind the rest.
      {quote} “I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.” (Albert Schweitzer) ”
      {quote} “How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox.” (Barry Lopez)

      • Jerry grant says:

        You my dear are truly a better person then I…..I can feel the way you describe toward children and animals,..I have seen to many horrible things done by mankind to I can’t even clean one tiny crevice of my mind…but I will begin to try..thanks

  7. shatara46 says:

    A heart-rending honest and humble reply, Jerry. Approach it always that way and you will succeed.

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