Manchester

Today’s one of those days where you just stop and think how senseless some things are.

The events in Manchester last night have struck a nerve across the globe. But I think what’s really struck everyone is the fact that it was, essentially, an attack targetted towards young people.

Islamic State have, of course, claimed responsibility for the attack. Something they seem proud to do. Even though it’s an attack on young people with their whole lives ahead of them. They’re proud that their youngest victim is just eight years old. Eight.

What threat is an eight-year old to some sort of twisted world order? She might have gone on to be open-minded and think that any one regime or religion pushing their ideals onto others is wrong.

And, before we start, I’m not wagging a finger solely in the direction of Muslims. Because Muslims, on the whole, are fine. In the same way as Christians, Jews, Buddists, Hindus and countless other religions are fine.

It’s when you have to attach “extremist” to it that you get a problem. Or when you start insisting that people follow your particular belief set.

Especially when you drill down to the core of religion and find that a lot of tge stories are shared. They’re just written up differently, told from a different perspective and interpreted by different people who read it how they want to read it to best suit their own ideals.

Like Fifty Shades Of Grey and that other one that was the first book from Mr Grey’s point of view. I’d like to think that in years to come wars won’t be waged over that.

Manchester is, probably, the closest to home this has come.

We all have to stand together, regardless of colour, creed or religion. We are all the same, essentially. It’s when we choose to focus on the cultural differences that the trouble starts…