Shock, fear, silence, denial… After a terrorist attack, even adults find it difficult to overcome their emotions and enter into dialogue and analysis.
However, as Daniel Oppenheim forcefully argues here, the real struggle against barbarianism… Read more cannot be one of indifference and silence. We must try to understand something that seems at first to be totally alien, insane; we must take the risk of questioning our own grey areas to avoid placing these acts beyond all discussion.
In this difficult exercise, teenagers play a special role because they are themselves tempted by extremes, for better or for worst. They are also the people who will build tomorrow’s world and, too often, join the ranks of the jihadists.
It is even more crucial to dialogue with them, firstly to limit their shock, and to help them in the conversations they may have with other young people undergoing radicalisation.
This is indeed a struggle, one that concerns all adults who come into contact with teenagers: parents, teachers, trainers, acting against obscurantism.
Author : Pape François
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