This week something terrible happened. In Brussels, Belgium on March 24, 2016 something terrible happened that is very hard to understand. I’m sure you have all heard of it by now. But just so we are on the same page let’s recap.

Three bombs went off devastating the city. Two went off at the Brussels airport and another one detonated at the Maelbeek metro station killing at least 31 people. The victims from this horrendous attack hailed from all over the world: Belgium, France, Britain, Spain, the US and so much more. And these people aren’t even all identified yet. Because so many were foreigners visiting, identifying them after the explosions had been very difficult. Slowly we are getting the names of those who had perished.

People like Adelma Tapia Ruiz. She was a 37-year-old Peruvian and killed at the airport. She leaves behind her Belgian husband and their twin daughters. They had planned to return to Peru before setting up a restaurant in Brussels.

Leopold Hecht was twenty years old when he was killed on the Maelbeek metro. A Belgian national he was studying law at the University Saint-Louis in Brussles.

Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski were brother and sister. The Dutch siblings were residents of the United States and were headed to New York. They were hoping to become US citizens.

These are just a few people out of the many who have had their lives cut short. But why?

That is a tricky answer. It’s easy to say that a bunch of Islamic terrorists just felt like blowing things up but that doesn’t answer why bad things happen. It sucks and it makes me angry but it’s the truth.

Bad things have happened before there were Islamic terrorists. They are only the most recent evil we have encountered. There was Hitler and the Nazis. Nero and the Romans. Attila of the Huns. Genghis Khan of the Mongolian Empire. Ivan the Terrible. Idi Amin of Uganda. The point is evil has existed for a long time. It isn’t new. And neither is the question; why? Why do bad things happen?

Sadly, I can’t tell you why because I really don’t know the answer. No one really does. Some people say that evil happens because of free will. Others say its god punishing for wrongdoings. And yet others still say that it’s all just random. That it’s only a matter of time before someone starts doing something bad.

Me personally? I’m not sure.

I know evil when I see it and I wish someone would do something about it. It isn’t right that 31 people were killed by Islamic terrorists and they should definitely pay for what they had done. But as for finding out a reason why? We may never get a solid answer as to why evil does what it does.

All we can really do is keep all the families involved in our minds and in our hearts. They are going through an incredibly tough time. We have to stand behind Brussles and show them our support. We may not know the reasons why evil exists but we can show them why love exists.

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5 Responses to Why?

  1. Bubuyog says:

    We may never fully know– there is a cosmic warfare going on – but we know that Love has come and Love has and will conquer evil! We can live in that hope!

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  2. Carleen says:

    Beautiful piece of writing, Aplabw! Thank you for your insights. I, too, wrestle with this question. I have come to find comfort in knowing that the good will ultimately triumph – that’s the plot found in the Bible. And I’ve seen in play out in my own life and in the lives of others!

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  3. Sarah Abigail says:

    Like you said, sometimes the best answer is “I don’t know.” Hollow and simplistic answers would only add insult to injury.

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