“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.
A writer friend posted this on her Facebook page today, and I sighed with relief, because it sums up all I have wanted to say for the past couple of days, but much more eloquently.
I’m not gonna lie–sometimes this world depresses me. The value of life–be it human or animal–seems very low these days. Whether it’s baby seal pups being inhumanely clubbed to death for sport (since seal products don’t really have a market anymore), people celebrating the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, or well-loved pets being put down because they’ve become an annoyance, this has been a sad month.
I don’t agree with what Osama was apparently responsible for (I say “apparently” because he will never stand trial and be able to tell his side of the story). What happened on September 11th, 2001 was a terrible tragedy and many innocents died. I remember CNN clips of people in the Middle East celebrating the attack on the Twin Towers, causing North Americans to gasp in shock and say the celebrants must be less than human. Now Osama is killed, and we do the exact same thing? How much sense does that make? In my city, the Sun’s front page featured a photo of Osama with the headline, Burn in Hell. I’m sorry, but that just made me sad about how low we can sink as a nation. I’m with Martin Luther King Jr. on this one.
I’m finding blogging difficult these days–not because I can’t think of what to say, but for all the things I can’t say. In the beginning, I wanted this to be an anonymous place where I could be completely open and forthcoming about what’s going on around me, but I was outed fairly early. (Hard to stay anonymous when you promote your blog on Facebook.) And now that I have photos on here, the cat is definitely out of the bag. So I keep my mouth shut about the things that could effect others in my life, or that I’m not supposed to have an opinion on. As a journalist, for instance, it’s not right to tell you how I feel about my country re-electing a man who was found in contempt of parliament and who attempted to pass many scary Bills without our noticing.
I have to keep my mouth shut.
But this might be a good day to tell those you love that you love them…and that includes the animals, too. We’re all in this mess together, whether we like it or not.