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Posted By Opening the Heart

I am genuinely sickened by the widespread gloating that is being expressed in the news and social media over the death of Osama bin Laden. Can no one see that this kind of reponse is the ultimate antithesis of the 'values' that 'America' purports to stand for? Can no one see that such a display of vaunting swagger can only provoke more negativity, more antagonism?

Consider:

"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" - Unknown Author

and:

"By rejoicing in the death of even one person, we are sowing the seeds of intolerance, hatred and anger. You can't kill hate with more hatred. It is only through love that peace is attainable. "If you don't have enough peace and understanding and loving-kindness within yourself, your actions will not truly be for peace."--Thich Nhat Hanh

and:

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" - Mahatma Gandhi

Pamela Gerloff wrote a great article in The Huffington Post that exactly mirrors my views on this issue:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pamela-gerloff/the-psychology-of-revenge_b_856184.html?ref=fb&src=sp

 

May we all come home to the light!

Peter


 
1 Comment(s):
Jon Berenson said...
Peter, A very thoughtful reminder. Thank you for your attention to the big picture. Love, Siddharta Mukerjee
May 15, 2011 10:30:21
 
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