Sunday, May 1, 2011

Death and Relief

I am still sick to my stomach and completely overwhelmed. Osama Bin Laden is dead. I don't know what to think, and though I'm not happy...I'm relieved. And sad that another human being's death has made me feel that way. This quote, from the Baha'i Writings, is the one thing that makes me feel better about my relief.

"O ye beloved of the Lord! The Kingdom of God is founded upon equity and justice, and also upon mercy, compassion, and kindness to every living soul. Strive ye then with all your heart to treat compassionately all humankind—except for those who have some selfish, private motive, or some disease of the soul. Kindness cannot be shown the tyrant, the deceiver, or the thief, because, far from awakening them to the error of their ways, it maketh them to continue in their perversity as before. No matter how much kindliness ye may expend upon the liar, he will but lie the more, for he believeth you to be deceived, while ye understand him but too well, and only remain silent out of your extreme compassion." - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá


  1. that is beautiful. And sensible. I love a sensible religious system.

  2. I think that relief at the death of a mass murderer is something any God would understand. Feeling some guilt over that though, just says that you're a kind-hearted soul and worth more than many. *hug *

  3. Sweetie, go read my blog post from last night. It says a lot of what we talked about. I hope you are feeling okay today.

  4. Thanks, guys. Skye, I read your blog last night. It was perfectly worded, and comforting.

    Bethany - Thank you so much for that sentiment. I appreciate it more than you know.

  5. That is such a perfect quote, Sierra. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful. As are you. This was, as Kris said, the perfect quote.

    You know I have an Empath daughter right? Well, it's a very difficult way to live. Knowing someome with this kind of compassion is a gift to those of us who are lucky enough to be around someone like you and her. Thank you, from all of us, for sharing your self, and being a blessing in our lives.