Along with much of the world’s population, I have spent nearly a week reading newspaper accounts and watching television reports of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The shared grief of France and much of the planet is difficult to calculate. In order to arrive at some sort of measurement regarding the actual loss, I believe it is essential to think not only of the national grief but of all the individuals who are suffering as well; the mothers, the fathers, the siblings, the sweethearts and the children who all became victims of those senseless killings.

From all reports, we can expect more and more of the same.

Where does it end? How can it end? The questions are daunting and continue to plague governments and individuals worldwide.

I began to think of a grass roots campaign begun in 1980 by a grieving mother who lost her daughter in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Candy Lightner took her near inconsolable grief and created M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) a movement which has effected profound legal and social change across the United States.  Whoever heard of the term “designated driver” before M.A.D.D.?

Is it possible that a similar group based on like principles could have an effect on terrorism? I don’t know the answer, but I know that there will need to be many pieces of this complex puzzle that  put into place if ending violence is to have a chance.

Why not M.A.V. (Mothers Against Violence)?

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