Growing up, I was taught to turn the other cheek. I was taught that two wrongs don’t make a right. Perhaps, that’s why, when the broadcasters who have chosen to belittle and ignore the protests that are occurring within their own countries, made the choice to air the video of Gaddafi being dragged and beaten through the dirt, I was, quite honestly, appalled.
When I watched politicians, presidents, prime ministers, step to their podiums to announce a great day for the world…I didn’t feel like celebrating.
Those videos, the comments, the celebrations, shook me to the very core. How can civilized society celebrate this type of treatment to a living human being? At the end of the day, that’s what it boils down to. No matter the crimes against humanity this man has been accused of, no matter his own past actions…how in the world is it enough to justify our own? How can we hold our heads high, claiming to be something better, if this is the type of behavior we are going to condone?
I do not proclaim to understand the suffering and terror the people of Libya have endured at the hands of this man. I have
been blessed by being born into a nation where I am allowed to speak my mind (within reason) and this time I could not stay quiet.
Growing up, I was also taught another little lesson. I know, for a fact, within my heart of hearts, we do not defeat the monsters by becoming like the monsters. I have been accused, more than once; of wearing rose colored glasses…perhaps it’s one of the assumed risks you take, being born here in my country. But, between you and me, I do believe we have the power to change the world. And I do believe that very power that we as global citizens now hold is what is needed most in this world.
Let us not be like the monsters! Let the love, compassion, faith, and hope that only our human hearts are capable of, stand up for the rights of all, the well-being of all, and let the monsters cower in our light.
We have run the gauntlet of selfishness, greed, and destruction of our planet and our own future long enough. There have been enough lessons throughout all of our combined histories to show us how NOT to live.
Let us not be like the monsters.
Photo Credit: Stephen P. Shultz (@fracturedphrase) “Heavy Skeletons” ~2011 FracturedPhrases