The Boston Marathon Bombing and Forgiveness

In light of this week’s tragic event (and as a resident Massachusetts) I hope the Marathon Bombing event does not give people cause to foster hate towards all Muslims.  Remember: not all Muslims are terrorists.   The corollary to this is not everyone who is a Christian is a member of the Ku Klux Klan.  A few bad apples cannot be allowed to spoil the bunch. To that end, you cannot hate an entire religion because of a fragmented subset and I hope people will keep this in mind. I have already overheard people making negative comments about Muslims and it disturbs me to my very core.

People are grieving: the victims, and the victim’s families but keep in mind the family members of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan are also grieving.  Now, before you rip my head off, remember the Buddhists principal teaching is forgiveness. We Bostonians stand a greater chance of healing and moving on from this tragedy if we keep that principle in mind.   An eye for an eye has never solved anything, neither does fostering hate.  Don’t allow yourself to become  mired in hate as it is an ugly place to live.

My heart goes out to all victims on both sides of this tragic event. 

 

-GAL April 19, 2013

9 thoughts on “The Boston Marathon Bombing and Forgiveness

  1. To me it’s really sad. Nobody wins! The more we learned about this second suspect, the more I thought, what a terrible waste of a potentially great young man. Damn. Then you think of all the stress Boston went through this week and the suffering of the people directly and indirectly affected by the terrorism and you think WHO WON?! No one won. It was pointless and senseless violence. Ruined a lot of lives, including the people who perpetrated it and their families, etc.

    • That’s exactly it Birgit! Nobody wins. And that’s what I kept thinking all day yesterday was what a waste of a perfectly decent young life (lives). Despite the fact I live outside the city I too was scared to leave my house and I’ve never felt like that before. I cannot even begin to imagine how people feel who live in war torn countries.

      • It did give you a taste of it. The closest I came to feeling what a war zone is like was being in Kuwait after the war. There was a feeling of lawlessness still and I never knew what would happen when I left the house – lots of unexpected situations, often dangerous.

      • Yes. In America it might be scarier. The only military I saw most of the time were the UN peacekeepers (occasional Americans too but mostly they were out shopping – they stayed on the bases I think) or by then and Kuwaiti soldiers (who were a big pain in the ass).

  2. You are so right. Hatred caused this. Even if one can’t achieve forgiveness, allowing hatred in will rot the soul. Its end result will be more killing.

  3. Beautifully said. I do hope that out of this tragedy, we all can learn something — about what moved these two young men to act as they did, about a part of the world we (as Americans) know so little about, and to remember those who are in pain. Be well.

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