The below comes via a longtime pal of mine, tonight, who offered this sentiment as part of one of countless crowded, righteous conversations and arguments about how to properly celebrate, or not celebrate, Osama bin Laden’s death. I thought it important, worth sharing, and simply beautiful. ~ ed.
I would pray that we could all choose to stay as far from letting our reactions, feelings, and emotions about this whole event polarize us even more.Some people celebrate because they feel this signifies an evil leaving this earth, or a victory, or even revenge.Others stay quiet and morn.Some people choose not to care at all.While others make it a joke.Nobody is wrong. I truly think that a huge lesson can be learned by something like this, in that, basic goodness can prevail. We can trust each other’s basic goodness. This doesn’t even have to be about opinions at all. It is human nature to react to things that happen in our surroundings, and our connections have become vast due to the internet.Can we please take this time to look upon every reaction, and every person, as having his or her own heart truth, basic goodness, and right to feel and react in their own way?Anything else and we have all fallen into the shadows, where everything is black or white. Life is good, and however you look at it, you are absolutely right for you.But that does not make anyone else wrong. I respect everyone at this time, and always.~ Jay Buchanan
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