My Thoughts on Osama bin Laden’s Death

I know this won’t make me the most popular kid in the class, but I am ashamed at the response to Osama bin Laden’s death. Human life is sacred and that’s why we feel so strongly that Osama bin Laden was wrong to do what he did. But we only show ourselves up as hypocrites of the worst kind when we start to make our own decisions about which lives are sacred and which ones are at our mercy. This eye-for-an-eye mindset is unfortunate in the extreme. I am not saying that Osama bin Laden should have been wrapped in hugs and set free. I am saying that when we kill another human being, we are not making the world a better place. And celebrating the death of another human being is, in my mind, a sickening sign that we have not learned anything in three thousand years of Judaism, two thousand years of Christianity, fourteen hundred years of Islam, and more than two hundred years of so-called “enlightenment”. My heart aches for all of us. When will we ever learn?