A young couple have been savagely killed in an Islamic terror attack as they cycled across the middle east. The millennial couple who bicycled through the wilds of Muslim central Asia shared the belief that “humans are kind” and that “evil is a make-believe concept.”
Americans Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both in their 20s, were part of a group of four cyclists killed last month in Tajikistan by two Islamic State terrorists who first rammed them with their car, then stabbed and shot them.
In a recently discovered Austin wrote about the ‘good’ he saw in humanity:
“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place.
People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil.
I don’t buy it, 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.”
Their friends and colleagues are suggesting that the couple should receive an award for their bravery.
The travel advice for Tajikistan is that it is actually a ‘low level’ risk but it shows the dangers faced by people in these lawless areas. It is a terrible tragedy what has hapened to this young couple but perhaps the greater tragedy is the naivety of many of these young people who actually believe there is ‘good’ in these terrorists and that we in the West are somehow responsible for their actions.
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