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Step out of the comfort zone

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OPINION: It's hard to know how to talk about last Friday. That's the thing about atrocities – humans don't often know how to talk about them.

Most people, me included, have found ourselves so overwhelmed by this mess of burning emotions that we're left emotionally constipated. As soon as someone asks what you think, you can't even begin to see through the overwhelming thickets of shame and anger and pain. You open your mouth and hear your voice blurting out that most hated of trite Twitter-isms, "thoughts and prayers".

You have to hack through this emotionally inarticulate jungle before you can even address the burning need to do something about this – which is almost always coupled by the crushing sense that nothing can stop this happening again. It's easy to feel impotent when you're staring at a tragedy this size.

Obviously we can and should be doing everything right now to show our Muslim communities that we love, support and stand by them. Hugs. Texts. Flowers. Everything that reminds them that we're with them. But when it comes to addressing the underlying issues that heighten the likelihood of these attacks, where do we start?

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