Terrorism thrives on hate

The past year has been a horrible year for humanity, with the many terror attacks, from the Paris bombing in November to the recent Orlando nightclub shooting and Bastille Day attack in Nice.

All these acts were driven by pure and dangerous hatred which most of us are unable to comprehend.

It is scary and difficult to wrap our heads around the idea that such pain and suffering have been inflicted by another human.

The most important thing we need to understand is that terrorism does not have a face.

As the number of terror acts grows, many people are increasingly convinced that Islam is the equivalent of terrorism.

This misconception simply propagates hate.

Let us remember that the victims are not just numbers and figures we see in newspapers or on our TV screens. They are painful reminders of the dangers of hatred, and it is crucial that we do not let our minds succumb to hatred.

Tan Shan Min, 15, Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2016, with the headline 'Terrorism thrives on hate'. Print Edition | Subscribe