Great article. I am going to admit to something that may not sit right with some people. We humans have the capacity to do evil. Evil being something that benefits one person at the expense of hurting others. It is inside us every day of our lives. It simmers and waits to be released.
Nature has even created some animals to perform evil acts for the survival of their species. Why would nature create some herbivores and some carnivores? Why can’t we all be herbivores? Nature is mysterious. We categorize a murderer as a monster in order to separate that one person from our human species to ostracize him when we are just like him — and here is the difference: the murderer came to a point in his life following sequential events plus his biological wiring that made him share his pain with others in a violent way. If we feed the “monstrous” energy within us it will grow.
Each day we make choices to direct our energy and this must be done consistently to keep our evil side at bay. This is why they say life is a struggle.
Animals and humans have the capacity to do harm. I saw a live footage of a pack of wolves chasing and destroying a fox. Once they reached the fox, one wolf grabbed it by its neck, then the other three wolves bit into it while it was alive pulling in all directions. The face of the fox showed a horrible and painful emotion. It was a slow death and four wolves did not have to destroy it when one could have easily done the job. It seemed cruel. But this is nature.
Perhaps it is natural for someone who has been suffering in pain to kill others publicly to send a message. Life is a mystery. These violent acts performed by humans could reflect something we are ignoring. Is it our desensitized society? Are people looking the other way when there are reg flags waving in our neighborhoods?
Perhaps this goes beyond race, mental illness, species, age, gender, gun control, etc. Our capacity to perform horrific actions is nothing new. Look at history. We need to look deeper into the root of it all because we have it in us. History will repeat itself and it has because we are not intervening. To begin to change we must accept that we have a problem.