Seeing Humans With Empathy

Gia, one of the bloggers I met last night, went to sleep troubled by the images of the death of Nick Berg and understandably so as it is yet another horrific example of man's cruelty to man.

I know I have written about this before but yet again I was struck that, bizarrely, I have at least as much compassion for the perpetrators of such acts as their victims.

With any luck, until their untimely death, the victims will have had happy, joyous lives and inhabited a world of love and relationship. Yes they have died a horrible death but now it is over. The perpetrators on the other hand must exist in a world of absolute horror, terror and alienation and their living hell continues.

It is inconceivable to me to inhabit a world where such acts of cold blooded cruelty are OK and I find myself feeling for sorry for people who have created such a living hell for themselves.