The Manchester bombing May 22 is another grim example of modern society at its worst.
Bomb attacks like the one that took place outside an Ariana Grande pop concert at Manchester Arena are especially cowardly because bombs don’t discriminate.
The 22 people who died in the incident, and the additional 59 who were injured, included children, teens, men, women, and parents waiting for their children outside the venue.
The attack is troubling because Manchester is not in a war zone.
It was an ordinary Monday evening, and the more than half a million Manchester residents were going about their everyday business.
Among them were the concertgoers who were out for an evening of fun and music.
Many of these were young people, and some of their lives were cut short by this craven act of terrorism.
There’s no point in trying to understand the motives of the perpetrator.
Only an insane person would carry out such a despicable act. There can be no pretense of reason or logic, or justification for the murder of innocent people.
Incidents like this are becoming far too common.
As much as I mourn the deaths of those who lost their lives in this senseless attack, and the shattered lives of the young people who forever lost their innocence that night, I prefer to think of Manchester not as a city where 22 people died, but as a city where people came together to assist the victims in this tragedy.
With this, or other similar acts of terrorism, I prefer not to focus on the sick little weasels who perpetrated the crime, but on the heroes who stepped up to support their community in the face of tragedy.
It is these people who demonstrate the triumph of the human spirit, and who even in the face of traumatic circumstances give us hope for the future.
Acts of terrorism like the one perpetrated in Manchester cost all of us some of our freedom.
When public gatherings become targets, we pay the cost of inconvenience and added security measures.
We cannot, however, allow events like the Manchester bombing to cause us to live in fear.
If we do, they become victories for those who practice terrorism.
We must, as the people in Manchester did that night, continue to live our lives and engage in activities that bring us joy.
When we stand up and show terrorists that we will not allow them to intimidate us, we strike a blow for freedom, and we honor the memories of those who died in Manchester and other places throughout the world.
Instead of giving attention to the dastardly vermin who indiscriminately attack innocent victims, we should remember those who risk their own safety to give aid to the victims and help to pick up the pieces after an incident has occurred.
In this way, we may be able to salvage something positive in the wake of catastrophe.