Monday, May 2, 2011

I Feel Weird

I was going to write a whole blog about the worst movie I've seen in a long, long time, then this whole Osama Bin Laden thing popped up and threw me for a loop. I'll get to that in a moment, but before I do, I will say that the movie, Super, is a steaming pile of crap. Let me put it like this...if you would like to sit through no less than three extended rape scenes/jokes feel free to go see it. But you'll be making a huge mistake becuase offensive stuff aside, it was also just boring and not funny.

"(Bin Laden's death) should be welcome by all who believe in peace and human dignity." President Obama, addressing the nation yesterday. Osama's dead. Let the masses rejoice.

Um wait, what?

Here's my take on all of this. (And I realize by posting this I am forgoing my chance of ever running for any political office in America, ever.)

It's really weirding me out how people are quite literally celebrating someone's death. Facebook posts about it were pretty chilling. I mean, I'm able to understand that this was a consequence of the war on terror. I'm able to see that he was an evil man. I'm able to see how this can provide the relief of justice for the families of those killed on 9/11. But, to me, none of that excuses celebrating another human's death.

How does this make us any different than the masses over seas burning American flags that we so fully scorn?

Besides, this is not the end of anything. If there is one thing we know, it is that organizations like Al Qaeda are not dependent upon a single, unified authority. And I'm fairly certain that cultural clashes will never be solved through deaths. Is it really our plan to kill all of them? Is it their plan to kill all of us? Where is that taking us? I don't know the solution, but adding more and more tallies to the death count isn't creating the tolerance we need in order for cultures to exist peacefully. Our short time on this planet is unfortunately filled with violence, hate, death, and suffering. I don't see a reason to throw a party about it.

Update: Here's some great reading that says how I feel much more clearly.

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