It’s nearly impossible to stop. You want to find some rationale for terror and mass violence. The human mind is wired to create stories that make sense…
…at least to you.
As a point of fact- the human mind is a master story teller. Your mind is designed to craft amazing stories that fit whatever circumstances you need to survive. This process involves delusion, deception, time shifting, exaggeration, diminishment and fabrication.
Your mind will create the story that best makes sense to you.
The stuff your mind uses to author these stories are your past experiences, beliefs and cultural paradigms. In other words, in an attempt to make sense of the world, you create stories in your mind based mostly on how you’ve experience the world- so far.
This is why eye-witness accounts vary widely. It’s why someone can look directly at a photograph and deny that person is a person they know well.
It’s why a mother, father and aunt cannot believe their loved ones were involved in an act of terrorism.
This is also why many people believe in wide-ranging government conspiracies and cannot accept that sane and rational people intentionally commit mass murder and terror.
No- there must be some other reason.
In fact, people can commit acts of murder and violence with rational purpose and intent. The mind of a mass murderer or terrorist is simply creating a different story than yours.
In the minds of those formed by conditions in Chechnya, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other similar places, the world is a place full of injustice, immorality and oppression. They are taught that to fight against this oppression and immorality is a holy calling and that killing in the name of the cause will be rewarded by God.
Understand this mindset before you rush to judgement.
I am not saying you should accept acts of violence and terrorism; quite the opposite.
As long as you delude yourself that these atrocities are only the acts of psychopaths and conspiracists, your story is a work of fiction, not fact.
Your mind isn’t wired for THIS story…
A guy drops a backpack and scurries away. He glances furtively over his shoulder. The backpack then explodes killing and maiming dozens of people around you.
Our experience has changed over the past decade and the past few days. It’s time to change the story. You cannot respond to facts when you’re living a fiction.
Everyday I ask my young martial arts students to call out the two most important words in martial arts. Their answer is:
Now you know that unattended luggage is a sign of danger. You know that an abandoned backpack can explode. You know that a terrorist is as likely to wear a turned-around ball cap as a ghutra.
You also know that someone who wants to do you harm may appear sane, rational and calm…because they are.
People everywhere are asking what can be done to stop all of this.
Until the plot changes, the best thing you can do is try to understand the real meaning behind this story and…
Sit Still, Shut Up…and Breathe!