I’ve just written a very flippant post about a television show that I enjoy, and as soon as I posted it I went to check on the latest news updates with the BBC. And to my horror I found out about the huge lorry bomb which detonated in front of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, killing dozens of people.
Why do people do this to fellow citizens of the world? We’ve just seen a wonderful display of world unity in the Olympic Games, with people from almost every country happy to stand shoulder by shoulder with fellow world class athletes of any nationality. And yet, almost at the same time a minority of people feel the need to kill innocents while they are at their dinner table, while they are sleeping, shopping, going about their every day business.
I feel so guilty now because I was having fun and laughing and joking while, at the same time, on the other side of the world people are suffering; either with grievous injuries as a result of the bombing or because they have lost friends and relatives in this lunacy. I know that people are suffering all of the time at some place or other around the world and that I can’t live thinking like that or I’d never be happy. However, it does give one pause for thought when you find out that something so dreadful has happened at the same time as such mundane, everyday, calm things are happening in your own life.