Deadly New York subway push illustrates infinite human stupidity

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

Albert Einstein has been quoted as saying, "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

As I read the news this weekend an article that gets my attention is the story of a woman who told police she shoved a man to his death off a subway platform into the path of a New York subway train because she hates Muslims.

Quoting from a Fox News article, the perpetrator told police, "I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I've been beating them up."

The victim was a 46 year old small business owner who lived in Queens. He was from India, but police said it was unclear if he was Muslim, Hindu or of some other faith.

The incident in New York illustrates infinite human stupidity on many levels.

Finding perspective

It's a sad story to end the year that puts the year into perspective.

When people look at the Colorado movie theater shooting or the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy they are quick to solve the issue by banning the tools of violence. But do they dig deeper to try to understand the acts of violence?

We can ban assault rifles from sporting goods stores in the false hope that will keep the mentally imbalanced from hurting others. But does that solve the problem?

How do we protect the world from infinite human stupidity? How do we prevent random acts of senseless violence?

With every tragedy and every senseless act of violence people are quick to find a reason for what happened.  The problems of society typically do not have quick and easy answers

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