“Even the very wise, cannot see all ends”

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“There is nothing more tragic, than to see an individual, whose heart is filled with hate.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Vengeance

There is entirely too much killing going on in the world today. As an American citizen, I remember the day when we experienced terror fist hand, with the falling of the Twin Towers, in New York city. I also remember the all encompassing need for vengeance I experienced personally. Perhaps it is the passage of time, or the nagging need I have to think, that has now given me a different perspective. At a personal level, I believe that the killing of Osama Bin Laden is good, my need for vengeance finally fulfilled. It is when I step out of my personal need, that it becomes more problematic. I cannot help but think, would it have not been better to bring him back in chains, rather than give him what he and his followers wanted all along, martyrdom? At this precise moment, while the American people are congratulating themselves, on a job well done, young minds on the other side, are being filled with more hate.

Justice

From the perspective of the west, this individual was a criminal, his crimes, against humanity. What do we do with criminals? We bring them to justice, maybe killing him was unavoidable, but the repercussions’, will be very real. He is now, more than ever, a martyr, and the conviction of his followers is that much stronger. These people are misguided, grasping at straws, in an attempt to dispel a life devoid of hope, something we very much take for granted in the west. Are we any less misguided, believing that the world and everything in it is our due, by right of existence. Of course this does not justify their behavior, but may allow those who think for themselves, to form an unbiased opinion. To quote a famous Chinese proverb, “ He who seeks vengeance must first dig two graves, one for his enemy, and one for himself.” It will not bring back, all the innocents who have lost their lives on both sides, it will only ensure that the violence continues, and many more will be lost. If we choose to remember anything that history has attempted to teach us, we would see that killing an ideologue, only cements their ideology in the minds of their followers. Whether we agree with their dogma or not, we should at the very least, attempt to understand it. By ignoring it, we are dooming ourselves to keep repeating the same mistakes over, and over again. Isn’t that, the very definition of insanity? By focusing on the symptoms, we will never be able to find and heal the cause.

Victims all

There has been an outcry against the decision to respect Islamic tradition, by burying this man right away. It is felt, and perhaps rightly so, that he is undeserving of this respect. Yet, is not our capacity to form moral judgments, that which separates us from those who would do us harm? We do not show respect to the man by holding to the ideal, but to ourselves, if we are in fact, the innocent victims we claim to be. Both sides are using the spiritual motivations of their believers, to further an agenda that has absolutely nothing to do with God. Political agenda does not have the same power to move people to act, it is in the realm of our belief, that we are ensnared. This train of thought would lead one to believe , that we are expending our energies, in fighting the wrong enemy. Where do we move from here, if the people we have for so long viewed through the obscured lens of hate, are perhaps not quite as deserving of it?

Revolution

Is it revolution? While I write this, revolution is sweeping the lands of my supposedly sworn enemies. Does this validate the belief that we are right, and they are wrong? Do we sit back in our arrogance, with our case proven, and watch the rest of the world burn? Or do we offer support to a people, making an attempt to gain the freedom, we in the west take for granted? It could be stated that the leaders, all of them, from both sides, are the true enemy, but that would still be too easy. Alas, our responsibility in this great mess, ensures that the solution is much more difficult.

Belief

Do we enhance the validity of our belief, with the willingness to kill, or die for it, or by the determination to live in it? What is more courageous, to hold to our ideals, or opt out of the struggle, either by leaving it, or taking out all who oppose it? It is written in both books, the opposing sides of this mess live by, that the only way to truly defeat your enemy is through love. Why then have we, all of us, made the conscious effort to ignore this? Dismiss everything that you have read here, as the naïve ramblings of yet another idealist, but know this, I have experienced, and caused my share of pain. I take responsibility for my actions, past and present, and own them. If I choose to live the ideal, that choice is my own, and the truth of it grows without the corroboration of others, by first hand experience. Within my ideal, there is room for all others as well, and whether or not I agree with them, is of little consequence. This I know to be true, the taking of a single life, for whatever reason, is the most egregious of actions, how many have we allowed to be taken? We only lie to ourselves, and erode the validity of our belief when we seek to justify it in any way.

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Belief, Cause, Cause And Effect, Causes, Hopelessness, Martyr, Martyrdom, Osama Bin Laden, Politics, Religion, The West, Vengeance, Violence

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author avatar aden kendroemen
I'm an observer, that's what I do. I've spent forty some odd years on this planet, filling my head up with what I used to think was useless information. Now Its time to let it all out.

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author avatar Hugo La Rosa
3rd May 2011 (#)

A well written article, nice style, and even when at times I don't agree with you, it feels nice to know there is still people, like you, who think with the heart. A well deserved star indeed!

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author avatar aden kendroemen
3rd May 2011 (#)

Thanks for the comment Esteban, I find that thinking with the mind only, will only get you half way there. I love contention, done with respect to anothers position, after all, if we all thought the same way, what a boring world it would be.

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author avatar Songbird B
3rd May 2011 (#)

Aden, this is a powerful and insightful article, which hooked me from start to finish...Oh how I agree with you on this, though I know what a contentious subject this will be...A truly wonderful article and as always, well deserving the Star Page status it has received...

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author avatar aden kendroemen
4th May 2011 (#)

Thank you Songbird, I realize I’m being contentious, but I just cannot swallow the hypocrisy any longer, as long as we continue to think that we are right and they are wrong, more people will die. Don’t we owe it to the ones that have already been snuffed out, to find a way to make it all stop?

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author avatar mountainside
3rd May 2011 (#)

....Very insightful article.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
6th May 2011 (#)

A powerful and thoughtful perspective to this most disturbing issue.

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author avatar aden kendroemen
13th May 2011 (#)

James, the older I get, the more I seem to regress. I suppose at this stage in life, I should accept it as it is, I just can't.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th May 2011 (#)

Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

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author avatar aden kendroemen
13th May 2011 (#)

Thank you Mr. Kinsman, I like your Ode’s to the Zodiac, I can’t wait for Aries. I suppose I should put that on your page, and I will.

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author avatar Retired
16th May 2011 (#)

Potent, insightful and impressive.

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author avatar aden kendroemen
16th May 2011 (#)

Thank you Rama Devi Nina, is it permissible to call you Rama, or should I address you with your full name? I do not wish to offend. I know there are many who believe that these are simplistic views, and maybe they are. Most people think that sentiments such as these have become cliché, I would suggest that they are repeated over, and over, because they are necessary, we have obviously not been able to overcome our need to hate, or place blame.

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