It has been around a month since I posted anything on this blog. I have been going through some changes that have taken some time for me to assimilate. I have discovered that writing is not as easy as one might think. That said, here we go.
I have been thinking about the the death of Osama Bin Laden. I do not rejoice in the death of anyone. But however I do feel that some people that have done such violence and injustice to others do deserve their fate. You had to know that it was only a matter of time before Osama met the fate that he did.
It is a strange progression one makes as they get older, not that many years ago I would have been one of the people in the streets cheering and holding the American flag and publicly happy about his death. Now I am more reserved about it, I do think that he deserved to die, so don’t get me wrong here. I am not some liberal who thinks that he should have been put into the court system. He received what he gave out to others so easily…death.
Someday, humanity will after a painful process of growing up will stop feeling the need to have such a absolutist point of view that if you do not agree with it, you must die. Someday the religions of the world will seek the peace that they talk about so much. Much of the strife and pain in the world is brought on by those of us who can not seem to see past their own point of view.
Humanity must grow and mature. That process has been millennia in the making and might be millennia more but it is a shift that will happen. Again a natural progression, a cycle if you will from childhood to adolescence then to adulthood as a race of people. Strides have been made, set backs have happened but the progress is moving forward if ever so inexorably and painfully it might be for us all.
The next time that you feel like you want to hate or forcefully disagree with someone or the point of view that they hold, take a moment and put yourself into the shoes that they wear. Try your best to see if you can see their point of view as dispassionately as possible. Can you maybe if for a moment stop yourself and try to look past your own prejudices?
It is not always easy to see others views. Be mature enough to not take instant offense at words or actions that others may take without trying to understand what they may be trying to tell you. Step outside of your normal reality and thought processes. You might be very surprised to find that you can see possibilities that you did not think possible.