In the News (The Guardian):“’Yesterday, an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy. But today we meet as normal, as generations have done before us and as future generations will continue to do, to deliver a simple message: we are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism. And we meet here in the oldest of all parliaments because we know democracy and the values it entails will always prevail,’ the prime minister [Theresa May] said.”
My Response: In the heart of London under Big Ben, in the middle of one of the world’s most famous landmarks, terror struck a new blow.
Unlike other Europeans, the English with their “island” mentality are less ready for change. That is why they were the first to decide to leave the EU. Officially, the initial stage of Brexit starts on March 29th.
In general, exiting the agonizing union will ease life for England; it will retain its control over the country’s borders and the flows of immigrants knocking on its door. However, although the threat of radical Islam will weaken slightly, this still won’t ensure a quiet life for its citizens.
Therefore, an active struggle against the weeds would now be a right step. It is necessary to uproot the network that promotes radical attitudes and terrorist activities. and to do it in such a way that it would be an example to everyone.
But this won’t solve the root of the problem. After all, it is not limited to politics or ideology, its underlying cause lies deeper, in human nature itself. It is egoism that separates people and puts them on different sides of the barricades. In the most natural way it awakens and intensifies the lowest impulses that require domination over others, incites hatred, and generates terrorism and wars.
We must fight on this front too, and not less actively than in the security field. A negative tendency should be balanced immediately and compensated by the opposite trend. Egoism is inherent in us from the beginning, and a positive tendency must become the fruit of our common purposeful efforts.
Only healthy human connection can radically change the situation. Terror, this formidable sign of disunity, must be counterbalanced with unity. Not just words “we are not scared,” but the spirit of cohesion, solidarity, and willingness to overcome conflicts and contradictions.
This will not only save people from death, it will arrange and improve their lives. By taking such an anti-egoistic direction, England will become an example not only of the fight against terrorism, but also of the correct approach to solving pan-European challenges.