The radical and extremist adage that violence is the only means to achieving beneficial social, economic and political change, has been prevalent of late, yet the changes that have been triggered by such events of raw violence, have brought more scrutiny, fear and suspicion of more people, along with the realization of a deep despair suffered by some people - a far cry from anything beneficial.
From the heinous attacks upon Paris, France, last month, to the mass killing at a facility in San Bernardino, California, USA, this past week, one common factor -despair, appears to be common in most attacks upon innocent people.
Any individual or individuals, making the unconscionable act to inflict harm upon innocent people on a such a grand scale as recent events, must have reached the abyss of despair within their lives - whether or not that reality has been noticed by the people around them. How is despair measured? Each circumstance might be different, but vigilance must be promoted.
Therefore, to diffuse despair while promoting dignity and hope could be the answer to ending the spread of violence.