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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, May. 15th, 2007 10:57 pm
Jerry Falwell

So a lot of you have heard that Jerry Falwell died today.

My initial reaction was probably the same as many of yours'... "good riddance, one less hate-monger in the world".

But I can't help but feel for the family and friends he left behind. They are left with the sad task of grieving over his passing.

Jerry Falwell might have said and done many very hateful things in his life, but he too is human. He and his loved ones deserve the same respect and compassion as any other being.

If we forget that, we are no better than he.

-- Des

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moment_of_me
moment_of_me
moment_of_me
Wed, May. 16th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)

Amen.


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northing
northing
North
Wed, May. 16th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)

I disagree, because unlike Fallwell, I have free choice.

I do have sympathy and compassion for those close to him who are grieving now. But not being close to them, there is little I can do for them besides hold the good intentions for them that I do.

So, I choose not to focus my attention too deeply on the suffering of that small group of people close to the deceased. Instead, I will celebrate joyfully that the mean spirited bully is no longer able to harm countless people and destroy lives in the name of his god. This is truly a relief that gladdens hearts and I see no reason we shouldn't feel a little lighter and happier today.

My choice is not one of vengeance, or aggression against Fallwell stemming from anger. What I'm trying to keep my focus on is a happy thought: A great deal of potential suffering has been lifted from this world. I think it's important to cultivate the lighter thoughts in our minds, so I prefer to celebrate this passing rather than mourn it. Even as I do so with great respect for life in general, and the living who grieve for Fallwell.

So this is the response I have chosen to today's news. I think it's a healthy one. I'll deal with the consequences if I'm wrong.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Wed, May. 16th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)

Am I relieved that he can no longer spread his message of hate? Absolutely. (I don't think, in the long run, his death will make that much difference either way -- he spawned organizations that survive him.)

But I can separate that from the fact that he, just like the rest of us, was a human being. Being joyful at his death is not the same thing as being glad there is one less hate-filled person in the world. A lot of people lump the two together, and I see you doing that here.

Rejoicing because there is now less hate in the world -- well, I share your joy in that respect. But rejoicing because Falwell died is just a different kind of hate.


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northing
northing
North
Wed, May. 16th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)

Well said. You do a good job of drawing out the point on which we disagree. And that is fine. :-)


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Wed, May. 16th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)

Let me try to generalize by asking a different, but related question:

Do you believe that every human being is deserving of basic compassion and respect, regardless of what they believe/have done?


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amethest
Amethest
Sat, May. 19th, 2007 11:47 am (UTC)

We are given rights and priviliages as free citizens, but if we choose to abuse those rights then we lose the reciprocal priviliage of sympathy.

I hadn't heard anything about him having died until I read this post.

His family he left behind recieve my sympathy for a loss, as anyone would for a loss, but Falwell doesn't receive any sympathy himself.


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