Peacemakers and Friends,
With news of Osama Bin Laden's death, many people feel safer and that justice was served. I can understand that, and do not judge anyone for feeling this way. Yet, I cannot help but question... What is humanity's potential to break the cycle of extreme violence? What can we do to achieve this potential? And how do we set constructive examples for the world's children? Although I feel that catching Osama (rather than killing him) would have set a better example, I do not know if it was logistically possible. With that being said, if President Obama announced the death of Osama with a different tone, if he didn't boast, if he expressed an intention to help break this vicious cycle and catch violent extremists (when possible), rather than kill them, then wouldn't he have set a better example for children across the globe?
On 12-12-09 I wrote the President this letter (co-signed by over 500 people) expressing many of the same thoughts and questions about our potential to break the cycle of extreme violence. Please take a moment to read it, and add your voice if you agree with the message.
With Love to All,
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy." ~Jessica Dovey
"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.
"You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew." ~Albert Einstein
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." ~Gandhi
"Unless we teach children peace, someone else will teach them violence." ~Colman McCarthy
"Simple truths are more powerful than empires." ~Gandhi