Yesterday I wrote out this very long post about how I was torn in the “celebrations” that were going on over the death of Osama bin Laden. I did not post it because I couldn’t’ find the right words. I could not even watch or read the news, I was becoming sick to my stomach. I believe justice was served but how can we celebrate the death of anyone? I cannot and I do not want my children to think it is okay to be happy anyone is killed.
And then I was on Facebook this mourning and someone had this posted on their wall.
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, 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.”
That is what I wanted to say.
Update: Apparently the whole quote was not from Martin Luther King Jr. but anyway I still like what it says, no matter who said or wrote it. “The source of the quote is a Facebook message by someone who included a quote by Martin Luther King Jr.