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Submitted by Ethan Nichtern on Mon, 5/2/2011, 6:09pm
Wow. The main story of fear and vengeance of the last decade ended in another violent death today. I have not much more to add to what Susan Piver said, but here are some quotes to mark the day.
What I said and meant:
"Conflicted about the news. It's important to know that there is no revenge narrative in Buddhism. Hatred is not solved by hatred, now and forever. Celebrating violent death is an odd thing to do no matter how you slice it. May this lead to less military action and less violence."
What Mark Twain Said Way Before Any of This:
"I have never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure." -Mark Twain
Brian McLaren, considered an emergent church leader, lamented the image he saw on television of "American college students reveling outside the White House, shouting, chanting... 'USA' and spilling beer."
Currently in the U.K., McLaren blogged that he saw the same scene as he flipped through the channels.
"I can only say that this image does not reflect well on my country," he stated.
"Joyfully celebrating the killing of a killer who joyfully celebrated killing carries an irony that I hope will not be lost on us. Are we learning anything, or simply spinning harder in the cycle of violence?"
He quoted an email he received from his friend back in the U.S.: "When I received the news of his death, I must confess that my primary emotion was not excitement, but sadness...deep sadness that his life did not reflect God's intent for the world...deep sadness as I anticipated the rhetoric that awaited me on Facebook, the internet, and TV.
"I do not understand a world that allows for a man to cause so much pain and I do not understand a world that rejoices in the death of that man who just happens to be created in the image of God."
Snarky tweet that I couldn't help enjoying:
Beloved character actor Osama bin Laden, star of TV's "Fox News", dies age 54.
What Quotes or thoughts summarize the day for you?
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