Well, the blogosphere is abuzz with analysis of the quote attributed to Martin Luther King that I sent to you. Apparently, it should have read thus:
I will 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 Luther King Jr.
The difference is the placement of the quotes. The story goes that except for the first sentence, it was a quote from a speech by MLK. The original author of the posting, wrote as you see above. It went viral. Then, someone tweeted it and to save space, because of tweeting limitations, removed the quotes. It makes one smile at how these things happen.
However, I still consider the whole to express an important message. I also would bet that old Martin Luther King would have agreed with the additional opening sentence.
Here is my explanation why I felt it was important to pass on the above. There is no mention of whether Osama Bin Ladin or any other man should be killed or not. This is not really about that question. What it is about is our reaction to such an event. I can understand why those people were dancing in the streets, however, I feel that there is a much better way to respond to this event.
We may feel relief that a danger has passed or been reduced. However, if one believes that a person has committed an act that people believe requires his killing, my own perspective is that we should be saddened that the world is in such a state that such an action is necessary. Rather than rejoicing, we need to look for the source of this malignancy and take responsibility for those parts that are our doing. There may be things that we can not change but there are many ways that we can make this a much more humane and just world. And, they come through the heart.