Question: A few weeks ago, a father in the village of Migdal near the Kinneret killed his wife, their small children and the neighbors’ son. This is the third incident since the beginning of the year in which parents murdered their children. In Jerusalem, a mother killed her four daughters and in Acre a mother killed her five-year-old son. How can we explain the fact that a parent who is supposed to protect his child becomes his murder?
Answer: People find themselves under such pressure, such circumstances that pressure them on all sides, until they begin to think that it is actually their children who are the main liability in their life, and thus they sentence them to death. They believe that if they had no children, they wouldn’t be under such pressure and would not have to care for anyone and would be relieved.
These are exceptional tragic incidents. I believe that the cause for such incidents is the fact that life has become too stressful for people and there are those who cannot take it and are willing to free themselves from it at any cost.
Question: How does that happen, because we always use parental love as the closest example of true, unselfish love?
Answer: Love of parents for their children is a natural emotion that is typical of both humans and animals, but when parents find themselves under pressure and don’t know what to do, they lose their mind. If someone had stopped them at that moment, and then told them what they had intended to do, they would of course have been shocked. This is a situation of temporary insanity.
Question: So who is insane, humanity?
Answer: Today, people undergo very strong pressures and so, unfortunately, such cases will reoccur.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/30/17