What the terrorists should have done according to my 5 year-old daughter

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6 thoughts on “What the terrorists should have done according to my 5 year-old daughter

  1. Mmmm, yes, it may take a while… This was my daughter’s thought after a class discussion they had at school in preparation for the minute of silence on Thursday. I loved her logic. 🙂

  2. I love her logic too. Without understanding all the subtleties a situation children often make the most telling comments about a person or situation, So she is absolutely right in that they should have commented on the “drawings” and been as rude as they liked, but hatred and violence just breed hatred and violence until the world scars itself through some horrific war. Her perspectives are more needed now than ever

    • Mmm, yes, let’s hope my country has seen enough violence… Let’s hope that the show of peaceful force convinces the idiots who feel like responding with violence that they’d better not, or else… x

  3. The joy of being little and innocent. I remember, in all of my own foolish innocence, being involved in a debate about medical costs and arguing for us (and “us” was Australia at that time), arguing for taking our blessed time with sending ambulances to people over 75 because they’d already had a good life. Forgive me, I was about 10 at the time. And I still remember the looks on the faces of many of the adults who ought to have chosen a safer topic.

    I was quite certain of the strength of my arguments back then.

    I am horrified now!

    Which is a sobering way of reminding me and all of us that our own certainty may seem so impenetrable now, but maybe in time we’ll see the bigger picture, we’ll learn about others beyond our own walls. On this basis, I feel sure that the young men that killed so many in the last two weeks would not have done that if had they lived to 75. They’d see their faith on the one hand, and they’d see their faith as just one of many, and see … problems … with hurting others because their faith is in conflict with your faith or my faith. That patient learning didn’t come to then because they took a darker path. One from which there is no recovery for so many families, friends, relatives, co-workers, and so on.

    It’s about freedom of speech, but also about that difficult and common journey from young and idealistic nit-wit to mature adult with a sense of ‘place’. Encourage ideas and challenges to certainties. Learn.

    Hope you’re well, Lady E. It’s been far too long again.

    Cheers, SD.

    • SD, I know. I somehow even feel sorry for the young idiots who perpetrated such horrific violence. The real bastards, who manipulate others into becoming terrorists are alive and well. 😦

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