As Glendale and other cities throughout the world schedule the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Turks nearly 100 years ago, we are often asked why? Why the inhumanity?
We are getting closer to the answer. Unlike the sporadic newspaper stories that surfaced of that genocide during World War I, we can now witness nightly the level of atrocity men are willing to perpetrate on their fellow men. We can now dig faster and deeper into the psychic of these perpetrators.
Today, we see how a despotic ruler can systematically kill his political opposition in Syria, and while thousands of civilians are murdered, Bashar Assad's wife is concerned about downloading purchases from iTunes. There is a disconnection of empathy. It is as if the capacity for ethical consideration requires that our limbic systems be properly in tune. Without empathy, we can't seem to conjure morality. Emotions trump reason.