Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Most WANTED Man: Dead or Alive

People have cheered and popped bottles, toasted champagne glasses and celebrated over the death of Osama Bin Laden. Although he was the world's most WANTED man, the reaction of his demise has baffled me. To make a comparison, Adolf Hitler had also executed many evil deeds, inspiring a nation just as Bin Laden had done to murder thousands of Jews in a genocide. Therefore, violence is hardly new to our society or this world. And yet as much as I do believe in justice and protecting those we love against danger, I just don't see the joy in sharing, teaching, and rejoicing in someone else's punishment, especially when it's rooted in power trips. It honestly troubles me to think how such wickedness is allowed to reign over mother earth by our own doing, and it equally saddens me how some people can thrive from death upon death. Where is the compassion in this? Is this the only way to win a war?

‎"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

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