A Few Thoughts on Orlando

  • It’s yet another case of stochastic terrorism, which is “the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. In short, remote-control murder by lone wolf.” 1
  • If you think stochastic terrorism is exclusive to Islam, you’re blinded by your own prejudice and aren’t paying attention.
  • If you blame the entirety of Islam for their violent acts yet say things like “he wasn’t a real believer” when the attacker is Christian, then your inconsistency and hypocrisy are duly noted. You should spend time sorting that out for yourself and thinking it through.
  • An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. As human beings. If anyone can look at Orlando and see an opportunity for personal gain, advancing a political or ideological agenda, or anything other than the senseless and horrific destruction of precious, valuable human lives, then they are just as monstrous as the shooter.
  • Don’t jump to conclusions about anyone or anything in the middle of a shock like this. Mourn it, grieve it, let it affect you as any tragedy like this should.
  • Personalize this. Think your way through it. Don’t be quick to brush it aside because it hurts or it’s uncomfortable. Let it make you wiser. If you see the need to change something about yourself, then change it.
  • If it turns out there’s some sort of ideological machine which is manufacturing horrors like this, then every one of us should grab a hammer and break the machine together.
  • Be reminded of the brevity and frailty of life. That’s part of what makes it such a precious commodity. Don’t let that reminder make you timid or afraid. Instead, let it make you bold and determined to really live while you’re alive.
  1. https://valerietarico.com/2015/11/28/christianist-republicans-systematically-incited-colorado-clinic-assault/