“Thoughts and prayers. ” This sentiment often permeates social media following tragic events.
When the final history of October’s mass killing in Las Vegas is written, it will not be complete without a mass retelling of how people responded during the carnage: Of how strangers helped strangers escape the sniper’s bullets. Of how concertgoers fell on others to shield them.
“The question, ‘What is Truth,’ convulses the world,” wrote Mary Baker Eddy, an astute observer of the world ( Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 223 ).
When an earthquake rattled central Mexico in September and dozens of buildings collapsed, Mexicans rallied by the thousands to rescue trapped survivors. Now many Mexicans realize corruption in the enforcement of building codes may have added to the size of the death toll of at least 369.
Most of those active on social media recently will have seen posts in their feed including the hashtag #MeToo and sharing stories of sexual harassment and assault. As I saw an ever-growing stream of posts from both female and male friends, I wondered what to do.
One good predictor of a country becoming more peaceful, according to the 2017 Global Peace Index, is the degree to which its men acknowledge the rights of women. Security of the state, in other words, is statistically linked to the security of women.
“War is not inevitable,” notes the editorial on the facing page. This statement, attributed to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, points to a concept of peace as something we can expect, not just hope for.
A common predictor of war is whether enough people expect one. A recent Gallup poll, for example, found 58 percent of Americans support military action against North Korea if economic and diplomatic efforts fail to end its nuclear threat.
As tensions have increased between North Korea and the rest of the world, many people are praying for answers. My prayers begin by considering the nature of God as the omnipotent source of universal love and goodness, who always cares for His creation.
With conspicuous ceremony on the Fourth of July, North Korea launched a missile that had more than a technological purpose. It aimed to promote fear.