The Human Tragedy Continues
Emotional reactions are unavoidable when such an event occurs, especially when it is in you or your neighbors back yard. How does one react in the face of such hatred? Sadly, there are those who choose to react with equal hatred of their own, and that is what I write about today. I write because I cannot allow reactions like the following anonymous message board post to be ignored:
I'm at the point where I think we should deport all of those nut case camel jockeys and nuke the entire Middle East, There will never be peace in this world as long as those savages are allowed to keep terrorizing people.
Some of you may have heard your own versions of similar sentiments today, or after the latest car bombing in Iraq, or after the bombings in Madrid, or on September 12th. I certainly heard the following around the water cooler the day the shock and awe campaign began over Baghdad:
If I were in charge I'd flatten it all and turn the whole region into a parking lot.
Kill em all and let God sort em out.
It is simply amazing to me how many folks don't see themselves lowered to the level of those they hate with such sentiments. Responding to hatred with equal hatred does nothing but perpetuate hatred. Try, for a moment, NOT to be savage. Try rising above.
There was this guy a couple thousand years ago who got nailed to a cross for suggesting that folks should forgive transgressions and try to get along. Sadly those thoughts still haven't caught on everywhere. Regardless of your belief in the religions spawned from his life, imagine if folks actually tried to love thy neighbors like their brothers... huh... What a concept.
Let me be perfectly clear about this: This does NOT mean I support the horrific actions in London today, nor does it mean I feel pacifism is the appropriate response. That said, it seems to me that the right thing to do is to pray for those responsible to change their ways, EVEN THOUGH you know they won't, while at the same time carrying out the regrettably necessary task of pursuing them and bringing them to justice by any means necessary. While it is clearly necessary to pursue them, and very likely necessary to use violence in that pursuit, it is regrettable that we are forced into doing so. War is always regrettable. War is the failure of all other options. It is not to be celebrated. It is sad that we must put a bullet in any man's head... It is sad that said man forced our hand in such a way.
Put a bullet in his head if you must, but stop the hate. The hatred serves only itself.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction... The chain reaction of evil -- hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the darkness of annihilation." -- Martin Luther King