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Where Has all the Humanity Gone?

November 24, 2014
Children Being Trained to Kill

Children Being Trained to Kill

When I first chose to enter into the field of social work, it was mostly because of my love of humanity. I’m not about to stand up on the mountaintop and shout about how wonderful of a person I am because I care about people, but it was a huge part in my decision of a career choice. It was that idealistic view of the human race that made me want to learn what I could about what made them tick and what I could do to help them work through some of the bumps in their lives.

I’m no longer the idealistic young social worker who believes she understands what needs to be done to make people’s worlds better. I have learned how important it is to stand back and let things hurt and listen when people say ‘ouch’ before recklessly running into a burning fire where I’m not even wanted. But I believe I still love humanity and hope for a brighter tomorrow for us all.

And then I learn about an incident that happened last week in Jerusalem. It didn’t get much of a spread here in the states and to be painfully honest, if one quantifies these types of things exclusively by the number of fatalities, then it didn’t top anybody’s chart. But for me, there was something very different about this particular incident.

I don’t want to belabor any of the gory details, so suffice it to say that people who witnessed it, even those who have been dealing with scenes of death and destruction as a result of terrorism, said it was one of the most horrific scenes they ever witnessed. The two, (I’m finding it hard to refer to them as men) who entered an Orthodox Jewish Synagogue, came in armed with hand guns and hatchets and began tearing through this house of God, shouting how merciful and loving Allah was, and began shooting and chopping everyone and everything in sight.

Later that day, when the news of the massacre was broadcast over local television, groups of Palestinians throughout Israel gathered in the streets in celebration, cheering and doling out candy to signify how sweet the ‘victory’ was, in a fashion that resembled the crowds cheering wildly in celebration after our Twin Towers fell leaving thousands dead.

Ground Zero

Ground Zero

The point I am making is this…in our country and throughout the civilized world, when we learn of a horrific act of destruction such as a gunman who opens fire on innocent people in a mall or a school shooting, we are horrified, mortified for the victims. The perpetrator’s family is devastated, heartbroken, not only for their family member who is so damaged psychologically and emotionally, but for the victims and the families of the victims. Even in light of the horrible incident, there is compassion to be found, there is humanity.

But not here. There is no humanity to be found in people who are indoctrinated to celebrate and take pride in these types of behaviors. This is something very foreign to our way of life, to anybody’s way of life if they are to be considered part of the civilized world. In 1789, almost 250 years ago, Joseph Guillotine proposed a more humane method for punishing people by execution in France. Civilization had ‘progressed’ enough by then to prefer a method of punishment not as barbaric as methods that are encouraged and celebrated by some of our enemies today.

Indoctrinated into Terrorism

Indoctrinated into Terrorism

How can we say we believe in humanity and stand by passively while people are being beheaded and chopped up by hatchets while crowds gather and celebrate? 2014 is coming to an end and we all need to ask ourselves why we are passively and silently standing by and permitting the death of humanity.

Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!


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