When babies and children are murdered, society has a problem.
When the community reacts by attacking foreigners, who are simply trying to make a living with more energy and drive than many members of that same community, society has a problem.
When the businesses of those same foreigners are trashed and their goods stolen, and the law enforcement institutions which should be there to protect them instead do nothing, society has a problem.
When politicians use this horrendous act to make political capital, instead of tracking down the perpetrators with all their energy and all the resources at their disposal, society has a problem.
When children who are at institutions of learning, both at primary and high school level, resort to violence and murder to solve their differences, and bring the weapons to do so into those places of learning, society has a problem.
When talk of being outraged and horrified is the only response to all this horror, when crocodile tears are cried and sad faces photographed, for effect only, society has a problem.
When electioneering wannabe politicians make reference to taking land for no payment, and those wild and destructive statements are cheered wildly, society has a problem.
History has shown that all of these issues, singly or in combination, inevitably lead to anarchy and revolution. The society experiencing all of these issues has a problem.
Anarchy and revolution are very comfortable partners, but unfortunately they seldom if ever lead to lasting prosperity, safety and happiness for the society they seek to reform. Instead, destruction despair and death are the gifts they bring to society.
This society is our society, this country is our country, and the citizens involved, affected, or supposedly governing, are all living in our country.
We have a problem.
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