My information about the horrible events in Norway have come from individuals and links posted on Twitter. I have read the various newspaper reports that were linked on twitter. As the information trickled through the net, painting the picture of the events unfolding in Norway, I couldn't get my head around the way that the killer set off the bomb in Oslo, then travelled to a small island where teenagers were on a summer camp and slaughtered so many of them. Why????
We now know there have been at least 94 teenagers murdered, but there are still some young people unaccounted for and still to find. I can only hope they are alive, but the prospects are grim.
Let Norway show him mercy, not because he deserves it, but because their vision of civilization is more complete than his.A steady stream of information was tweeted by Ketil B Stensrud, who described himself as a 'football-fantatic journalist, who worked for The Independent, Daily Mirror, AP, TV2 and VG, turned general manager at Radio NRJ Kristiansand. One of his tweets contained the following:
BREAKING: Here you can download the Oslo/Utøya gunman's manifesto, in which he gives detailed account of planned attack.The manifesto is enlightening, if depressing.
There are pages and pages of anti-Muslim, anti-multiculturalism rhetoric. There is anti feminist rhetoric. The manifesto is worth looking at as it shows how a mind seeks the evidence it needs to support its biases and bigotry. We are all capable of that self affirming and self referencing behaviour. As you read it, you can see how delusions can become very powerful and how the brain can become closed to any other way of thinking.
Today,we have been hit by two savage and cowardly attacks. Tonight, we all stand together, taking care of each other"affirming that "The answer to violence, is even more democracy. Even more humanity"The massacre in Norway illustrates the profound problems inherent in fundamentalism of all stripes. The killer espouses a vile fundamentalism that strips away people's dignity and worth. His fundamentalism seeks to validate violence for the 'right' reasons of his own making. Norway and her people and their response to this ghastly event remind us that respect for different viewpoints and valuing diversity is the only way humanity can evolve and even survive.
I feel sad. I feel a bit despairing that a native of a country with such great values and social justice practices as Norway could commit such a crime, but people are people.
I take comfort in the knowledge that for every person like this dangerously misguided and deluded individual there are thousands who are trying to live life in the best, most socially responsible, inclusive, generous hearted way.
Elizabeth of @mymilkspilt fame posted this earlier today. The comment summed it all up for me:
"Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors."Andrew Boy (Source: myspiltmilk via changingmyperspective, via guerrillamamamedicine)
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The brutal, calculated home-grown terrorist has confessed. Rest is now left to our judicial system. I'm exhausted. Time for bed.
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One last thought: It's a beautiful world we live in, with warm, inspiring, loving, courageous people all over. Let's keep it that way. Out.