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Manchester attack: ordinary human compassion triumphs

If terrorists are searching for meaning, it is found not in fanatical religion but in everyday acts of kindness—like those of Mancunians last night

By Julian Baggini  

It is kindness and compassion that, ultimately, offer the most meaning. Photo: PA

The point at which my eyes started to water this morning, listening to the news of the Manchester atrocity, was when the radio reporter started to talk about how Mancunians had opened their homes to the victims, offered lifts, cups of tea, glasses of water. There was something deeply touching about such ordinary kindness in the face of extraordinary (as such attacks thankfully remain) violence.

At such moments, it is natural to see a stark conflict between…

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