People who commit acts of terror

People who commit acts of terror

When I think about the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Carl Rogers, to name just a few obvious examples, I find it easy to see ‘that of God’ in them. I encounter ordinary people in my everyday life, and ‘that of God’ in them may seem a little occluded, but not often hard to reveal. A question common among Friends is “How can I see ‘that of God’ in a person who has committed an outrageous act, perhaps having extinguished the lives of other people, simultaneously damaging the lives of so many more?”

When thinking about an act of terrorism it is hard to see how it could be viewed as anything to do with ‘that of God’. There may, however, be three things to consider. First, whilst I can do little to control, or even impact, the actions of other people, I can choose how I behave, think and feel. I can choose to commit myself to searching for ‘that of God’ in each person, and maybe it is the process of my searching that is of greater value and significance than what it is that I  find. Second, maybe it is my belief that there is ‘that of God’ in a person that permits them to believe it too. Maybe my search for ‘that of God’ in the other person, can reveal it both to me and to them. Third, maybe it is when I search for ‘that of God’ in another person that I come closest to finding it in myself.

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