"This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight,
let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. ...."
Today I shed tears for a human being I did not know, James Foley. He was the journalist recently decapitated by ISIS, those barbarians in Iraq. When I heard the tribute his parents gave through the media, the dissociation protecting me from the emotional impact of the story melted away. Hell!! It could have been my child who fell into the hands of such beasts!!
When I speak about these murderers as beasts, I really mean it. Deep within the structures of Homo sapiens' psyche lie the remnants of our bestial origins. After all, our species has only been around in its present form for about 195 thousand years. And, like the chimps and gorillas, our territorial imperatives have us feeling vulnerable. It is what we do with this existential angst that helps differentiate human primates from the human beings.