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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

Another quote:

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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No Day for Celebration

I do not celebrate a violent death of any person, who am I do be an enthusiastic spectator of such violence? For in violence and revenge comes more violence and revenge. I agree with the quote- with whom much is given, much is expected. As Americans who have the freedom to live the way we want, chose the religion, partners, lifestyles we want, we should and ARE held at a higher standard. The pictures and videos of those who were celebrating the murder of an alleged criminal who was not tried, nor armed, is more barbaric and savage than when the Middle East celebrated the deaths of Americans during the 9/11 attack.

This should worry every one of us, because tomorrow it could be me or you being murdered without a trial and while unarmed. This death could possibly be the death of freedom as we know it.

MLK again

We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. As Arnold Toynbee says: "Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word."

What Dr. King Said.

Almost exactly what the Buddha said in the dhammapada:


"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 Luther King, Jr


It is a wonderful and heartwarming quote regardless of who said it.

so what part of the quote

is not attributable to Dr. King?

First part.

First part.

explanation of how it went wrong


turns out some poor, innocent 24-year-old teacher wrote the first part and used quotation marks around the second part, which got lost in copies.

the essay's nice because the writer admits jumping to a position about malicious intent behind the error that turned out to be wrong, and then steps back from further speculation. she also remarks on how quickly commenters on her original blog post froze into solid positions on the validity of the remark.


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