Why London Bombing? What is the problem with our world?

This is to show that extremists and terrorism has roots into loss of identities or cultures which can endanger our modern world. Conversely, our consciousness of culture and identity is the way to tackle the terrorism in its roots.

It is the lack of new ideas and new vision that has given chance to extremists to hijack the situation and advocate their image of the world. It is amazing to see so many young people showing their anxiety and revulsion in hatred, killing and distractions, but at the same time advocating even a more repugnance way of response!

A brief review of July 7 London Bombing
On Thursday 7 July 2005 a series of four bomb attacks struck London's public transport system during the morning rush hour. At 8:50 a.m., three bombs exploded within 50 seconds of each other on three London Underground trains. A fourth bomb exploded on a bus at 9:47 a.m. in Tavistock Square. The bombings led to a severe, day-long disruption of the city's transport and mobile telecommunications infrastructure.

Fifty-six people were killed in the attacks, including the four suspected bombers, with 700 injured. The incident was the deadliest single act of terrorism in the United Kingdom since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 (which killed 270), and the deadliest bombing in London since the Second World War. Do we have answer for these problems? Freedom is like a bird, can this bird (Simorgh) fly away from us? Well, it can, if we try to limit its territory.

Is terrorism endangering the elements of Human right and democracy?
Democracy, human right, freedom and humanity all known as elements of civilization, values of which the West hold dear, and hope to cling on to, have come from the East.
But, are we in the West taking these precious values for granted?

The precious values, democracy, human rights, freedom and humanity, are the result of thousands of years of human effort and sacrifices, not only from Greek culture, but also many other cultures. Consider the words - human and humanity dates back six to nine thousand years in the root of the Iranian culture; other words, wise, vision, artery, ark, sun and many more….again dates back to the same period in the root of the Iranian culture. To highlight these points even more, just take a look at the amazing picture of Venus that dates back to the same period. This is why Rumi (700 years ago) talks of love, self-confidence, values, humanity and the interconnected world. This is not confined to Iranian culture; in fact, all cultures have more or less these Golden values that can be excavated. These values were more formulated, and reshaped with new ideas, and applied to Western society at the time of renaissance and there-after by great philosophers which is resulted into, we call today, western civilization. In fact, Simorgh or Phoenix has risen from its ashes, at the time of renaissance, and freedom was achieved through thousand years of work of humanity, known as culture. Culture isn't history; history is the struggle of powers. So, western civilization as we know it is the result of thousands of year of human efferent, rooted into many cultures.

We keep referring to history: history is the struggle of powers.
The values are in cultures that are rooted in hundreds and thousands of the years of human efforts in learning the ways of living together. We cannot say Hitler was the culture of Germany; Hitler is history. However, Heisenberg or Shakespeare can be called culture.

The West must wake up to these great values which were left for us by our ancestors, and we must not take it for granted, claim ownership and become selfish. The education system in the West is failing to train the youngsters of today to understand these precious and golden values. Our entire social and world problems, as a whole, are rooted into misunderstanding the root of humanity and values. This is why we are failing in winning the hearts and minds of people in this world, especially the youngsters. A Person in a society tries to find his/her identity within that society, if not successful, it can then lead into religious identity, extremism. London bombing is the product of an identity vacuum resulted in using religion as an identity.

Science isn’t the only solution to our problems. The world needs new creative ideas, new philosophy. Let be honest, as we have not had a great philosopher since Bertrand Russell, there must be something wrong with our system of education, and the way we think of our world. To tackle the roots of the problems we must broaden our vision and look at the many cultural values. We must bring to the surface those identities and values that remain in cultures. These values can lead us to a new thinking, a new vision and open-up societies for more diversity. This can reshape the minds and thoughts of our youngsters to a much broader spectrum, avoid being so naive. Such great work has already commenced in earnest by Professor Jamali who has written over 100 books in Persian language. I shall translate some of them in the earliest opportunity.

Due to lack of new vision and philosophy we keep finding simple solutions for our world problems. Simple solutions can result in a vacuum or voids that result in divisions. Due to the growth of these divisions, we are giving more and more opportunities to extremists. These problems can undermine the golden values "democracy, human right, freedom and humanity" of which we cherish, and on which the future of our children depends. So, to overcome the problems, we need new ideas and new vision that can fill the vacuums that are left over in our society, before being hijacked by extremists.
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