Utilitarianism

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If a crime has been committed, do not add fuel to the flame. Everything in the universe boils down to energy – in its creation, transference and exhaustion – and attraction. We pay attention to something because through one or more of our senses, we are drawn to it.

In the case of a crime committed by one individual, the alleged criminal and the act itself excrete negative energies into the karmic cycle of the universe. As duty dictates, to negate that energy and restore balance, after due process and trial, if found guilty, the criminal pays appropriate social debts.

Anything beyond that keeps that negative energy alive. With news stories that endlessly spin acts of violence, deceit and malice, the energies attached to those actions get amplified. Then with each person engrossed in judging and thinking about it for prolonged periods – as opposed to for matter of fact – that negative energy is perpetuated into the psyches and imaginations of media consumers.

And the cycle continues, like a hydra growing three heads when one gets severed. The only way to stop this madness is a cautious temperance of the media’s duty to inform the public as well as a level of self-control on the part of the consumers to refrain from prejudice and empty curiosity.

Someone killed someone. Provide due process of law, find the facts, and apply the law; issue judgment to restore balance. The media provides a public notice and informs the public of this menace and it stops there – there is no shortage of ‘breaking news’ stories in the world.

Someone rapes someone. Provide due process of law, find the facts, apply the law; issue judgement to restore balance. The media provides a public notice and informs the public of this menace and it stops there – there is no shortage of ‘breaking news’ stories in the world.

Someone decides to blaspheme Allah and use Islam to slaughter thousands. Find global unity in the rule of law and the restoration of peace. Provide safe havens for those in harm’s way.  Use all resources necessary to wipe out extremism from the root.  The media provides a public notice and informs the public of this menace and it stops there – there is no shortage of ‘breaking news’ stories in the world.

We don’t need to keep talking about them and their actions – we just need to stop them, be informed that such evil exists, and make society resilient enough to withstand and defeat hatred and malice. We do not need spin cycles. The negative energies that fill coffers will never help open the door to paradise.

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