It was 2 a.m. and everyone at home was sound asleep. One of the boys was dreaming of playing in the finals of the World Cup, while six year old Sarah dreamed of riding on a pony.2:05 a.m. Calm. Like the calm the ocean experiences right before a storm.2:06 a.m. EXPLOSION!No time to react. No time to run out. No time left to live. Four lives lost in a split second.Why? Because the neighbour next door was involved with extremists and foreign governments decided it was the right time to strike.The oldest son had been away at college and returned home to find his house and more tragically, his entire family gone.Anger, resentment, sadness, grief, and hatred all brewed up within him like a wildfire. Someone must pay for this, he shouted.
Someone once said, love your enemies. Public speakers give examples like Ghandi and Nelson Mandela to show that this idea is possible (Although Nelson Mandela did use violence to reach his aim at one point).
Try and imagine this scenario though. If someone comes into your house and kills everyone in your family, what do you think would be the natural reaction? If someone hurts you emotionally or even physically, what do you think would be the immediate response?
Revenge or forgiveness?
Why is the world so messed up?Why are there wars everywhere?Why do we fear what is different?Why can’t we all (just) get along?It is Us vs. ThemWe are good they are notThey are violent we sayWe are peaceful we thinkBut perhaps something liesWay beneath common sightWhere the forces of nightHave control of our mindsCould it be the interest of someThat fuels all this hate?Not a flag or a borderNot a culture or religionBut the god of money, power and greed?Bow to the god of no feelingsTo the god who cares not for your lifeServe your master, ConsumptionAnd watch their pockets fill upOil prices are lowThere’s one way to fix itLet us go to warThat’s worked in the pastLet’s create a foeThat is evil and scaryAnd together we’ll fightTo protect our great landAnd so we believeAnd we chant and we screamDeath to the terrorThe evil outsideBut I so believeAnd I chant and I screamDeath to the terrorThe Evil inside