terrorism [ter-uh-riz-uh m]
1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
(Talking heads on the news keep saying they’re not yet calling this an act of terrorism. Stop trying to decide what the definition is to suit your particular agenda, please.)
diverse [dih-vurs, dahy-, dahy-vurs]
- of a different kind, form, character, etc.; unlike.
(Which pretty much describes all humans on this planet we share. Remember, you’re unique just like everyone else!)
1. the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.
(And going back to that whole human thing, we all have the capacity to feel empathy. Whether we choose to show it or stifle it depends on your wheelhouse.)
1. a set of policies or issues to be addressed or pursued by an individual or group; also, a set of underlying motives of political policy.
(The underlying motives of certain members of Congress and/or the National Rifle Association have been made crystal clear so many times; yet we don’t have a system of stopping this exchange of money for favors. Remember indulgences? I believe they were really Fast Passes to Hell.)
humanity [hyoo-man-i-tee or, often, yoo-]
- all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind.
(We’re all we’ve got. Can we stop the killing?)
1. a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster.
(This is not a normal state of being, but it’s becoming more frequent as if it were inevitable. It’s not. And it shouldn’t become an overused word.)
radical [rad-i-kuh l]
1. of or going to the root or origin; fundamental; a radical difference.
2. thoroughgoing or extreme, especially as regards change from accepted or traditional forms.
(It is a very short leap from a fundamental religious person picketing a Planned Parenthood to a fundamental religious radical eradicating what they perceive as an affront to the “one true” way.)
1. the normal, non-warring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
(Can we please embrace this normal?)