Lexie Link Love, The Peace and Nonviolence Edition
I'm still a little muddled from yesterday. I woke up to a wicked head cold and news of people cheering and dancing in the streets after the assignation of Osama Bin Laden. Do not get me wrong, I do not bear any love for the man's actions or fundamentalist and violent mentality. But he was a person, and (to quote my own poem, written after seeing videos of people cheering after the deaths of 9/11): "No one should celebrate when any of G-d's children die."
Which is my twist on a line from Proverbs: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles.” (And also on the Rabbinical story of G-d reprimanding the angels for rejoicing in the deaths of the Egyptians.) And I am not the only Jew (nor the only person of faith) quoting this proverb. CNN quotes several clergy members on their mixed reactions to the death, here. And while I am not ordained, I am a person who does not celebrate death.
Another quote was going around the internet yesterday, like a game of internet phone tag, (attributing the entire quote to MLK Jr, when only the second half comes from him) but the sentiment applies: violence doesn't drive out hate, love does.
Moreover, as this NPR article points out, it is misguided to think that Osama's death stops anything.
In fact, if you read this Huffington Post article, you'll see that we're all forgetting that the most important factor in the Middle East at this moment is the "Arab Spring," the ground swelling revolutions that have toppled the (American government backed, dictatorial) regimes of Egypt and Tunisia and rolls onward. (May peace and freedom prevail!)
But this mother's son (an eight year old) brings it all back into perspective for me: what happened to Osama bin Laden that his heart was so broken, that he could not find a way to help heal the world instead of bringing more violence into it? And that is ultimately the greatest question of all, for in order to bring peace into this world, we will have to answer that question, and this one: how do we heal the hearts of those who hurt so much that they would hurt others?
I wish I had an answer beyond starting that healing process in my heart (and encouraging it in the hearts of those I know).