As the world wonders at what motivated the Tsarnaev Brothers – Tamerlane and Dzhokahr – to commit mass murder in Boston. One thing is certain mass murders cannot be stereotyped. We do not know the face of the terrorist because … it could be one of us.
One of us who has come to personal realization that something drastic needs to be done. One of us who has found the means to commit mass slaughter through a gun or a home made bomb. One of us who maybe disgusted at a certain facet of our society. One of us who thinks we are better than others. One of us who thinks we are above the rest.
In the film Rope two students fueled by intellectual pride and their mentor’s view and rhetoric kill their friend and hid his body inside a box upon which they served dinner. Their mentor, who was also a guest at the dinner, showed horror and repulsion upon discovering the murder and arranges the capture of his students.
Mass murder and genocide are products of a mind raised in hate, bigotry, and self righteous intellectual pride. It makes us feel better to think that these persons who commit these acts are monsters. Yes they are monsters but they are monsters, a great number crafted by our hate, bigotry, and self righteous intellectual pride.
In the end society can present measures to protect itself – like more security measures at public events and places or better surveillance. Let us not forget though to stamp hate, bigotry, and self righteous intellectual pride. Intolerance.