The tender age of this poor soul only underscores what so many of all ages have been subjected to, now more than technologically efficient ever. It is so hard and horrible to believe that in this day and age, entire countries are still ruled by force, fear, and torture. May the socio-political world quickly evolve for everyone on earth.
In the meantime, I share with anyone who happens to be reading this a thought about suffering, relevant, perhaps to the problem of evil. I am inclined to believe, for reasons that are hard to articulate but that I nonetheless find compelling, that we are not here only for the moment. Roughly, I am inclined to think that the life that any of us are currently experiencing is just one small part of a much larger journey. The experience of pain is one aspect of that journey. Those who experience great pain, I comfort myself in thinking, are probably further along that particular road... in seeing or somehow knowing, in particular, that we are not our pain. I hope and, though I would not characterize my sentiment as religious per se, pray that Hamza is now experiencing a delightful and appreciative existence, wherever he may be.