Like us all I am filled with sadness and bewilderment over the events in Paris. The levels of hatred, disillusionment or whatever it is which lie at the heart of the actions perpetrated by these men is beyond anything I can explain.
All I can offer is my sympathy, for what it’s worth, for the families of those who have lost their lives and been injured in these attacks. It is an abomination without redeeming features by people who have hijacked, abused and grossly distorted the teachings of a religion and culture for their own sickening and very perverted ends.
We can make no sense of it because there is no sense. In the midst of these horrible scenes there were episodes of bravery and humanity which demonstrate how noble man can be, as well as pitiful and aggressive, and it is through contemplation of those episodes that I endeavour to keep my optimism about the future of our species alive at such a time.