Poverty of the Heart

Link to Wikipedia article on the June 12, 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting

After the Boston Marathon bombings, I posted this wish

May the best in the human spirit vanquish the worst in the human spirit.

That wish needs to be renewed in the wake of the killing by assault rifle and handgun of at least 51 people in Orlando

There is a tradition that looks for poverty as the cause of crimes such as this. I think it is indeed poverty that causes such crimes, but not primarily poverty of the wallet, but poverty of the heart. When people don’t find other, better meanings for their lives, they sometimes glom onto a meaning suggested by a murderous organization with a vivid ideology. 

May we work hard to help people find better meanings in their lives so that fewer of them will be attracted to the idea of a caliphate founded on the blood of unbelievers.