Altruism in the Face of Violence

January 15, 2015 7:59 PM

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Almost every day a massacre occurs somewhere in the world. A few days ago the world was shaken by the murder of 17 people, including 12 journalists and collaborators of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Paris.

In their tragic delusion, perpetrators of violence often perceive themselves as victims and speak of having been "humiliated." They may be people whom neighbors and relatives describe as being "normal" or even "nice fellows." They may turn to ultra-violence as their frustration rises and extremist i...

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