Monday, May 2, 2011

death of bin laden

Listening to the news and following social media, I realize that many among us feel the relief of retaliation, the joy of vengeance; the idea that justice has been served. 

And yet...

I keep thinking of Mother Teresa's quote:
"I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there." 

I think somewhere in that quote is how I am feeling today. I can't wave my flag, march through the streets, and celebrate the death of anyone... I will never do that, but hold a rally for compassion & healing and I'll be there.

Perhaps today is a day for thoughtful contemplation. 
For me, much of being present and authentic is counter-intuitive. I love to turn assumptions, automatic thinking and habit on its head and in so doing, reveal amazing gems of wisdom, transcendence and true relief from suffering.

My automatic response last night upon hearing of the death of Osama Bin Laden was, "Yes!" Only to realize that nothing is gained without true compassion, healing, and forgiveness.

As Confucius states, before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

Revenge will ultimately hurt the seeker as much as the victim.

"All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished."
 - Eleanor Roosevelt 

Today I will pray for myself, my friends, my family, and my perceived enemies to be happy, peaceful, and loved. And in so doing, I'll have no need for two graves.


  1. I feel the same way. Felt it isn't right for people to celebrate in the street. The whole world is watching :(

  2. I do not want to celebrate the death of any human being. Celebrate justice, peace, resolution, atonement, forgiveness. Recognize the "wrongs" that have been done, seek appropriate justice, practice forgiveness, love your enemies (in the sense of celebrating their fellow humanity), and help teach others that evil, murder, death are not the way to peace but rather communication, mutual respect and equal rights/justice will get us there. Thanks for your words PMN. Rebwood