posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 12:21 AM
I believe you currently have an exceptionally important advantage over me. I do not know you, nor do you know me. Even so, you have recently
threatened the safety and lives of my friends, my family, and all those I love so I at least know who you are. Stipulating that remark, I need to ask
you something that concerns and confuses me immensely: you and I completely agree on the irresponsible and reprehensible nature of one man’s
actions here in the US. Yet today you opportunistically asserted meaning and diverted blame, which belongs to that individual only, to an entire
country and its leadership in a manner with the potential to claim many, many lives. Yes, unfortunately, there seems to be a person in our country who
has produced such an unprovoked, incendiary, and vile attack on people he also has never met and now his actions threatens the already fragile fabric
of peace on the only world we all have to share. What he has done has been universally condemned, particularly due to his false labeling of “art”
and perhaps even religion.
Therefore, let me now unequivocally and with all due certainty assert to you sir, this person speaks only for himself and absolutely, most certainly
not for me or anyone I know.
To further explain, would it surprise you to learn that many millions of us in our nation do not approve of many things our leaders and president do
or say, but we do not call for bloodshed. We strive for change. Positive change. When we fail to achieve our goals, our system tells us that more of
our neighbors and friends believed differently. Then, if it is important enough, we have the option of continuing the effort to create change, but
Another analogy is that many years ago there was an instance where another individual developed such a distorted understanding of the world that
before he was stopped it is reported that millions of people perished. That of course, was the price for one man’s lunacy resulting in the second
time the world went to war. However it came to be, Adolf Hitler persuaded legions to follow him and his “zeitgeist” even though some of the things
he advocated include:
1. Racism without cause
2. The belief that only one people are deserving of the whole of the planet
3. Murder for exhibition only
4. Murder for disagreeing with him
5. Murder if he THOUGHT someone disagreed with him
6. Prison and eventual murder simply for being the product of your ancestors
7. The belief that he could never be wrong
Then, as in today’s circumstance, here is a list of what I agree with either of them about:
2. More nothing
3. More nothing
4. Even more nothing
My point is that as this person speaks for neither of us, your assertion to the contrary is in error. Neither you nor I are perfect and I can still
state I hold no ill will towards you. In fact I deeply respect your right to believe differently than I and do not wish to possess the will or the
authority to judge you. Believe it or not, I greatly respect your faith and williingness to follow where it leads you.
Until you threaten my wife, my daughter, and my son. Please tell me, sir, what have any of them done to you? Has my twelve year old son somehow
developed such maturity for his age that he can discern who has a right to live and die as well as the political and military management skills to
level a threat equal to yours? Can he call to arms armies of discontented people simply as the result of an obviously disturbed person who has
alienated all concerned?
Personally, I have no time for such selfish trivialities.
How does overtly encouraging protest and possible murder make you a better man than an idiot who insulted all of us?
How can you justify possible murder as an acceptable or equal response to someone else’s stupidity? Stupidity that we all find repulsive.
• I respectfully request you contemplate the reality that at this moment you seem to seek a personal motive, albeit one shared by many where you
live, but ultimately a motive which is an abomination of all that is good.
• I ask instead that you broker your position in life for the good of all, and to allow us to join together with you in our moral, ethical, and
peaceful outrage regarding this man’s acts.
• I ask you to allow me the peace of spirit and peace of mind to believe my family and yours can truly be safe from an unbalanced sense of justice
concerning the innocent.
• I further implore you to consider, just consider, how much you could accomplish with your status if you utilized the same amount of effort for
the greater good of the world.
How far could a powerful man such as you take us? Someone like me can only dream of a world where there exists peace, harmony, and the true safety
that ensures my children and yours can share the promise of a future.
Finally, be assured I do not now and never have known this individual, nor do I in any way agree with what he has done which understandably offended
you. If, after deliberate and conscionable deliberation you still must trade violence for ignorance, recognize that there are few (if any) things that
motivates either of us or our respective cultures more than the lives and safety of our loved ones.
And then, try to anticipate and count the final cost of YOUR actions.