ISIS and the Coming Together of Good
Where shall ISIS truly call a home?
ISIS, Common Enemy #1
ISIS is so bad that it leads no sane person to sympathy. ISIS is so clear that it leaves no room for doubt. ISIS is a declaration of good versus evil in the world. ISIS causes all walks of life with petty differences to set them aside. ISIS is the perfect common enemy #1.
It is said that evil can only triumph when good men do nothing. It is said that a fool is still a fool and the mere fact that you gather them by the multitudes only aggravates the situation. And it is said that divided we fall and united we stand.
In ISIS we gain an understanding of what commonality brings differing sets of vision together. How could even the greatest of humanity try to bring otherwise near or in fact warring factions together? How could one great individual bring East and West together without real exception? Could it be done as well as ISIS is doing it? Clear cut common enemies is one way to unite a fractured world. Perhaps a sad commentary of mankind but a truthful one nevertheless. Today we need not look toward an "axis of evil" or even a "dogma" to object to and argue over. Today we face such evil that no sane man or country can argue a case for righteousness.
From bad comes still a brand new day!
Age old question.
So many ask the question "why is there evil in the world?" So often the question is posed "why would God allow pain and human suffering?" And in the secular we search for answers of insanity, mental illness, cult following and depravity of heart and especially mass depravity of empathy and humanism. Well we cannot answer those inquiries with certainty and conviction and cohesiveness. But from time to time in our human worldly existence we see notable reactions to such wrongfulness.
Perhaps by looking at ISIS and our worldly, almost unanimous, declaration of disdain and disgust we can at least find some purpose for the madness of what is best described as evil. (we use evil in the context of a definition of wrongfulness here and not one of theology although both apply)
Was there good that came about because of WWII? Was there an awakening of the human condition that at least was a silver lining in that cloud of evil and hatefulness that was at the core of the world at war? Perhaps there was.
Is the coming together of the vast majority of the Western and Islamic world in relative cohesion against a common enemy a good thing? It should be argued that it is. It should be recognized that it is historic. It should be seen as a global move toward a more humanistic world. But can we look through the evil and see the good that comes from it? Probably not.
Deepest canyons bring a new perspective of the ground above.
We are so tired of war and the war machines, we miss our fallen and hate the waste of resource on conflict.
We want peace so badly.
The playground bully chases us around and we bend and remain silent and avoid and hide from the bully. We ask if we have the courage to take another day or just pacifying the bully and taking the ridicule and disgust. If we are truly strong we can take it until the time of life when the tables naturally turn.
We grow tired of conflict and we look around at all the peaceful problems that need our attention. We are weary of spending our money on bombs and bullets and we grow tired of losing our most promising men and women to violence. We just want to hide from the bully and hope he bothers someone else.
And then the day comes when because we hid and only feared for ourselves that the weaker are slaughtered by the bully. We could have fought and brought down the bully but we put our minds to our own peace and not the peace of others. Or perhaps because we did not stand up to the bully in a responsible manner the bullied responded in desperation and either were subjugated or came to the school yard and retaliated against those who did nothing.
ISIS is the new bully. We are strong yet the bully tries to bully us and cannot. So what do we do about the bully. Let the bully bully others that are weaker and only annoy us? Or do we stop the bully even though we no longer have the stomach, patience or fortitude for more conflict?
I do not want to leave a legacy of war and debt to my children.
I do not want to leave behind me when I die a society with broken schools, immigration rights, social security and medical treatment. I do not want a broken world because we spent our best and most on war against anything.
How can I support attacking ISIS with our strained and battered economy and a society so divided on domestic and foreign issues. I would beg not to have to confront and defeat ISIS.
With all that, I cannot leave a world where fanatics are given free reign to rain terror on innocents and innocence. A child's head on a spike? Mass murder. Conversion of faith or torture and death. The elimination of democracy. The annihilation of believers in the worlds largest religion. Genocide.
If the leaders of most of the Western world and most of the Arab Eastern world agree that these madmen must be stopped and in my heart I agree completely that they must be stopped. Then how can I argue against that concept. How can I place a priority on that which we will argue about for eternity over that which we agree upon today and for eternity? We simply cannot.
Let us argue over degree and who does what and who pays for what and to what extent and when we act in cohesion to thwart this menace of humankind, but let us not waste our resolve arguing over whether we should or not stop and eradicate this evil.
What do you think of the basis?
Are we all in agreement that ISIS must be stopped?
A desire for peaceful tranquil beauty.
Lighten up a little OK?
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