By Clarion Project Thursday, August 16, 2018
Bikes from a cycling tour in Tajikistan (Illustrative Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Martin-DK/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode)
The Americans killed by ISIS in Tajikstan in an attack by ISIS at the end of last month were on a world tour to prove that “humans are kind.”
“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,” Austin wrote on his blog. “People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil.
“I don’t buy it,” he continued. “Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own… By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.”
Following a movement among fellow millennials, Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both in their late 20s, quit their jobs after coming to the conclusion that they were wasting their lives working, reported the Pluralist.
“I’ve grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years of my life in swaths of grey and beige,” Austin wrote. “I’ve missed too many sunsets while my back was turned. Too many thunderstorms went unwatched, too many gentle breezes unnoticed.”
The Pluralist reports that during the trip, “the couple embraced the kindness of strangers and sought to demonstrate that people are inherently good.”
Tragically, the Americans killed by ISIS in Tajikistan didn’t stand a chance against the evil of the ISIS terrorists.
Austin and Geohegan, who were biking at the time, were first rammed by a car driven by the terrorists then stabbed to death on the side of the road.