I understand all of the celebration for the "victory," but it's also for a death...the death of a despicable person, but still...it just feels unsettling. But I didn't lose a loved one at his hands, either, so I should just shut up. Done.I like the sentiment here, drjay.
Thank you. The Vatican also issued a similar peaceful statement. (And so the day has come when I agree with the Pope.)
I'm with you. The hullbaloo needs to stop. Words of peace need to be spoken now. May peace encircle the Earth.
"I was dismayed by the quasi-sports-victory tone of the celebrations that arose around the country... What I myself felt was more like 'Sad necessity' -- and I would have preferred a mournful remembrance of the innocent dead of the Twin Towers and of Iraq and Afghanistan -- a thoughtful reexamination of how easy it is to turn abominable violence against us into a justification for indiscriminate violence by us. Can we now say, “Enough, enough!” -- refuse to drink the intoxicating triumphalist wine of celebration, and turn our attention and commitment to end these wars that take on a deadly “life” of their own? "~Rabbi Arthur WaskowI received the above quote in the body of an email from Reb Arthur this morning...he echos my sentiments so well.May waves of lovingkindness and compassion wash against the shore of our hearts and fill us so that we each become a healing force in this world...shanti, shanti, shanti...for all beings everywhere.
I am glad bin Laden is dead and still sad for the reasons that made his death necessary.I don't feel a sense of rejoicing, but rather, of relief. His death was an act of self-defense because of his ability to rally people to commit violence against the innocent and his choice to devote his life and incredible persuasiveness to the cause of harm.Before I sit in judgment of the reactions of others, I will walk in their shoes. Since I cannot do that, I will choose to be respectful and know that each person's path is what they must experience. Mine is neither superior or inferior to theirs - it is what it is.Namaste.
shanti indeed Dr. Jay!i read this quote by Martin Luther King, Jr on Sonic Youth's Twitter page... of all web-places!"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy." - Martin Luther King, Jri second, although, i can't hide that i feel some feeling some weird 'justice'... time to read the Tao Te Ching, huh?warm salutes to you from California!
Thank heavens for that!
It isn't revenge or even vengeance if it's a firefight. It's two opposing sides trying to remain alive.
I'm not sure what to think of it all. I remember 9/11 as if yesterday. I remember the air was thick with grief. I understand that we said we would find him and that it would likely mean his death. Still as with all deaths related to "an eye for an eye" it really does little to relieve the mass of human grief in the face of 1000s of other deaths. Perhaps it is how we move on and away from one sorrow in order to shoulder the one waiting in the wings. WR
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