Friday, May 6, 2011

Regarding our state of affairs - OM [one moment] meet up #50

It has been an interesting week as details of Bin Laden's death has captivated the world.  Monday morning, I woke up to various tweets that caused me to turn on the TV.  This was the first that I had heard about what had happened.  As M headed out the door for school, I told him the news.  His response was, "Really?  Wow."  Although genuine, it was typically minimal for a 14 year old.  When 9 yo E came downstairs, he overheard the news and said, "That's good, right?"



His response was appropriate in so many ways.  I had also questioned the joyous celebrations that had broken out across our country.  I was thinking that I can't ever be jubilant at the death of anyone.  Not that I'm mourning or have wished the situation turned out any other way, but rather emotionally and intellectually I'm conflicted.  Since I've taught my boys that violence of any kind is unacceptable and that revenge is never the answer, how was I to explain this situation?  I'm sure many parents felt the same.  We muddled through our questions and thoughts together for several days.

By Wednesday, I was thinking about how the same details are repeated over and over again in the media.  Mostly because it's the only information that was out at the time.  I was waiting for the relentless speculation and hyperbole.  While the overall conversation has been tame, I don't want the typical mud slinging to begin.  Bottom line is that there will always be debate and disagreement.  I just wish the debate would stay on topic and not venture into the realm of make believe.  I wish we could simply accept decisions and move on.  I hate seeing our political discourse turn into something typically reserved for the the Jerry Springer Show. 

These are just my thoughts this week.  Thoughts that I'm still processing.  Emotions that are still conflicted.  Overall, I'm proud of the decisions that have been made.  While many may criticize, and always will, I feel like we handled the situation with the kind of respect expected from Americans.  Maybe we earned back a tiny sliver of respect from the world.  That would be a great thing.
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