Osama Bin Laden dies and the world is… a better place?
Posted on May 2, 2011
Today, one of the guys on one of my forums shared something so profound and so beautiful that I felt compelled to share it with you.
It let me know that I’m on the right track with what I’m doing because I’m bringing together a group of guys who’re very aware of the world they live in, the ramifications of their actions, and the world they want to create.
The world…the world is mad. The news reports flash with statements that Osama bin Laden has been confirmed dead in Pakistan. The world cheers and celebrates. Facebook’s newsfees is flooded with statuses of ‘Burn in hell bin Laden’ and ‘USA USA USA!’. Meanwhile, I sit by and watch in shame.
Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe we needed to take bin Laden out. My disagreement, as well as dissapointment, with the world is that we celebrate and cheer when a human life is taken. It seems barbaric to me. Indeed, we write off other cultures, especially the Taliban and Al Quaeda, as barbaric for doing the exact same thing, just replace bin Laden with American citizens. I think that rejoicing in the killing of another human, no matter how “evil” he/she was, is bad, and will only continue the cycle of action and reaction between cultures. I know I’m going to take a lot of shit for believing this, but I firmly believe it, and I’m going to stand up for what I believe.
He’s a guy who’s been through one of my coaching programs. He’s 17.
If this is the next generation of leaders then the world is in safe hands.
Here it is, said again by someone far more eloquent than I:
”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.” Martin Luter King Jr.