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From The Publisher: February 2015

02/06/2015 08:06AM ● Published by Aimee Cormier

By Art Suberbielle 

Violence has become the norm, not the exception worldwide. ISIS is the first name that comes to mind when considering violent acts. Their recent videos posted showing beheadings of innocent people relegate them to top of the list of modern day barbarians. And as I write this, news reports surface about ISIS murdering a number of youngsters who were guilty of watching a soccer match. Other major terrorist events such as the terrorist attack in Paris at Charlie Hebdo, the senseless bombings at the Boston Marathon in 2013, and the 2009 Fort Hood shootings serve as on-going reminders of the violent world in which we now live. 

Unfortunately, acts of violence occur all too often much closer to home. Hardly a day goes by without news of some domestic violent act taking place here in Acadiana.  But there are countless other acts of violence that go unreported such as the frequent episodes of road rage and bullying in school yards. Acts of violence, from the most grievous to the less serious, have seemed to numb our sensibilities. What has brought about such a change? Are we all just so caught up in our personal lives that we aren’t paying attention? Or, have the acts become so frequent that they do not evoke the outrage that these are due?

The attitude of the general public towards even these lesser violent acts must change. We cannot be ambivalent about violence in any form. As responsible citizens we need to teach, and even preach, tolerance of others. Differences of opinion, attitudes, and beliefs are normal and should not be a motivation for any type of violent act. Attitudes are not changed overnight, but over time. If our schools could incorporate more education on tolerance for others, that would go a long way towards changing the public’s attitudes. And if each of us would commit to being more accepting of others we encounter, we, too, could help bring about the attitudinal change needed to stop this madness.

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