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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

On Good Versus Evil.

I admit the night Osama bin Laden was killed J and I missed it all. In an effort to start the week with a good nights rest, we'd gone to bed before the news and awoke to chatter on every avenue we see about the man's death.

I'm pretty sure I knew about his death before I even turned the tv on because of Facebook and/or Twitter. But it didn't sink in until I flipped on the tv to turn on Dora or Curious George or something and the red letters on the screen and the words being spoken while photos of the enemy were strewn across the screen.

Quickly fumbling with the remote, though my mind and curiousity wanted more info, I changed it. Knowing this time I'd have to gather my info elsewhere.

I usually view world events {such as the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan) as learning experiences where we talk about what's happened, what we can do and feel empathy.

But this is different. There is so much hate around this.

I flip on the radio in the car and between songs, the DJ is saying something about it and again I've got to switch it. The TV can't leave PBS right now. And even though my littles can't read, turning on the computer to play a game, the first site he sees shows the Middle Eastern man everyone's talking about.

"Who's that?"

T walks in from school Monday full to the brim of information. "We heard in social studies that this really terrible man was killed."

I shoot him a look to stop talking. So we start spelling.

"Why was he k-i-l-l-e-d?" I ask.

He shrugs and tells me; "He was a bad-guy." {T does know about Sept. 11 and I am sure his teacher discussed more than the bare bones facts T passed along. Ahem.}

I struggle with all this. We're raising our kids and telling them and teaching them that violence is bad. That we don't hate. {Hate in our house is considered a swear word, no joke.} Killing is totally out of the question.

But all around us, the news, the radio, the internet, TV, social studies class, is discussing this death and some are even celebrating. And I don't think our little ones can comprehend this stuff in totality. {And by little ones I mean most young children.}

Osama bin Laden was a terrible, no good, evil man. I firmly believe that with every ounce of my being. I believe his death can be a turning point for our country and that in many ways, his death is a way of bringing justice to the many lives he's taken. But does that mean we celebrate?

I hope that we're not missing an opportunity to teach our kids something here. It seems by conveying mixed messages when it comes to violence, hate and killing we could be saying the wrong thing.

What do you think?

7 Comments:

Blogger Gina said...

This is something that is very tough. I don't have kids, but I still wrestle with this. I'm even reading a book about the death penalty and the whole battle with sending someone to die because they killed someone. I agree with you S though that this could be a turning point, but the sad fact is, it doesn't take away any uncertainty I may have had. Now I think in the back of mind about a possible retaliation. I almost feel like sometimes it's a loosing battle.

On a side note, about hate being a swear word in your house, I think that is wonderful! I grew up being told hate is a very strong word and I still find myself repeating that to Steve and other people I hear saying that word.

May 3, 2011 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Mountain Jessie said...

An even tougher question as a Christan who is taught to LOVE everyone. People make bad choices, do bad things. This particular person is the reason my brother served 3 deployments in Iraq. This particular person happens to be responsible for the death of thousands. But does that mean we rejoice in the death of a child of God? I guess I like to hold out hope for the redemption of even the worst among us.

I don't really know what to think about all of it either but I am trying to look at it through the lens of my faith and that makes my gut ache at "celebration" of any death. I do think it might an important conversation with your kids, especially for the older ones, hearing about it at school. Kind of like everything else important in life, it would be scary to have their peers, teachers, coaches etc teaching them about the issue. Their perspectives matter too but yours will leave a longer-lasting impact.

In the end, we are Americans...which means we'll probably be over this and back to celebrity breakups by the end of the week. So, hold tight.

May 3, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Bin Laden & hell. Does he deserve to go there? Absolutely. But then again, so do I. But I'm so thankful that my God - the one, true God - sent His Son as the atonement for my sins so I can be redeemed and live with the hope of heaven. Hell is real. Heaven is real. We'll all go to one or the other someday. We have a choice. I choose to believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I choose heaven.

May 3, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am torn....one of the kids in my class brought it up and I didn't even know how to respond. I know it would have been a good teaching point but what would I have taught. I didn't want to go into detail, their so young?! I told them to talk to their parents and if they still had questions we could talk about it later in the week! AHHHHHH! I would have rather answered where do babies come from :)

May 3, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

This situation is so tough. We all know the man was a bad person and did very bad things to not only the United States but all over the world.
I don't have any kids yet but do we really teach them to rejoice over someone's death? Isn't celebrating the death of bin Laden the same thing as Al Qeada celebrating the death of all those Americans nearly ten years ago?

May 4, 2011 at 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well put. love the post. All my Love Janet

May 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I agree. I read somewhere that there is a huge difference between justice and vengence. I wish more coverage of this news focused on that. I think I'm okay with people feeling that his death is justice, but how can we celebrate? It doesn't really even change anything... there are plenty more terrorists out there.

May 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM  

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