When ever something truly evil happens in the world that powerful Edmund Burke quote springs to mind, and I paraphrase ‘For evil to prosper all that is required is for good men to do nothing’.

But when you turn to the horrific events in Norway on Friday it’s very clear that this is not always the case. Almost 100 innocent lives ended in a society which rightly prides itself on it’s openness and tolerance of different views and cultures.

The truth of the matter is that evil people do exist – motivated by fear and a warped view of the world and their place in it. Unchecked (and who can check them when they operate in the shadows ?) they eventually commit unspeakable acts and leave innocent victims in their wake.

The irony of their actions being the love that inevitably is generated. They seek to divide but instead they unite. That’s cold comfort for the friends, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and countless others who have lost but in time they, along with the rest of us, will draw strength from what has occurred.

How we react to the results of evil is just as important as to how we prevent it in the first place.

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