DEVOUT IS JUST AN ADJECTIVE
Wednesday. Time to look again at the “hump” we have to get over.
As of Wednesday night, we still don’t know the identity of the man who killed the four people in London today, seriously injuring more than a dozen more. But we often read that a terrorist attacker had become a “devout Moslem.”
Devout means . . . well, here’s the dictionary definition:
devout (adjective) : loyal to something : devoted to a particular belief, organization, person,religion, etc; : serious and sincere
We tend to want to know Who, What, Where, and When in a news article. We’re a little blurry about the Why.
What happened. Where did it happen. Who did it. When did it happen. That’s all we have time for.
“Why” kind of taxes our time and our mental energy. Motivation and all that.
“loyal to something” — To what? Who cares; I can kind of figure it out.
All those people; “serious and sincere,” the definition says:
“devoted to a particular belief” —
“devoted to a particular religion” –
” . . . a particular organization, person, religion . . .”
Yes, they sure are.
“Devoted” is only an adjective. We need to know the noun it refers to. We in the Western World better find out the details about their particular organization, person, religion, or belief, or we’re going to get blindsided by their devotion.
I think it takes interest, though; and energy; and effort to learn; and time to study and think about it.
And it requires us to be equally devoted to a different organization, Person, religion, and belief. I’m afraid this “hump” that lies before us will be surmounted only by the side who is the most certain, the most faithful, the most devoted to their cause.
And the most aware of what’s going on.
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