editor’s letter: Let this historic moment be about Peace on Earth for all, not a Celebration of Revenge.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 2, 2011
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Peace on Earth! Hold that thought.

Do not rejoice when your enemies fall, and do not let your heart be glad when they stumble. ~ Proverbs 24:17

“In the Shambhala [Buddhist] warrior tradition, we say you should only have to kill an enemy once every thousand years.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa


We Americans must all remember: when we pray for revenge, or war, or victory, we inadvertently pray for other things, too.

While our celebrations in America, last night, have been joyous, and bipartisan, and have not vilified Muslims (thank God), there is still the shadow of an uncomfortable visual parallel to those images that fill us with so much fear and hate: young men in Iran, etc., celebrating by burning our flag, chanting Death to America.

Death is not sport.

And so while I’m grateful Osama is gone—his absence gives me hope for peace, for safety of innocents civilians—I do not know that we should indulge in the satisfaction of sated hatred.

That said…

“I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” ~ Mark Twain


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “editor’s letter: Let this historic moment be about Peace on Earth for all, not a Celebration of Revenge.”

  1. Melanie says:

    Thank you for the post. It could not be better expressed than quoting the noble words of these icons.

  2. AngelaRaines says:

    Well done, Waylon.

  3. yogijulian says:

    waylon, clicking through from your dalai lama article i imagined you might use trungpa's quotes about "idiot compassion" – i think a lot of people who tried to righteously invoke buddhist ideas of compassion as a response to these events may well have been engaging in the fallacy trungpa points out so clearly.