I have been feeling very sad about the killing of Osama Bin Laden – how it was handled and the joy with which people are responding to it. I have been doing some personal work of late on forgiveness and atonement and so my way of dealing with the situation is to be honest with myself about what my part is, to take responsibility for my part, to forgive myself, to atone (I don’t have an idea for how to do this yet with regard to this specific situation but I’m praying about it), and especially to not add hatred or judgment to the situation.
It is challenging to understand in an intellectual way that I have a part in something happening thousands of miles away. And yet, I know that we are all one and interconnected; every action I take has an affect on others.
For me it is imperative that I remember this because it helps me live in greater honesty AND it reminds me that I can take active part in creating a world of peace and mutual respect. Just by consciously choosing to add love and understanding to the situation (rather than hate or judgment), I am taking clear, positive action toward creating the peaceful world I want to live in.
Does this condone what Osama Bin Laden has done? No. Absolutely not.
Does it minimize the pain of people who lost loved ones on 9/11? No. I have great compassion and love for each person who experienced loss.
I am merely saying that I don’t think adding further anger and judgment to the situation is helpful. I truly believe the world needs more love, tenderness and care to heal. And, so this is what I am focused on providing.
Please join me!