Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Reflecting on history, the death of Osama bin Laden

I'm going to try to keep this concise but no promises. I know a lot of people are buzzing about the news of Osama bin Laden's death. I don't have a strong, opinionated or political point of view. I've avoided a lot of the cable news spin (mostly since I don't have cable television) and I'm not going to continue talking about it for the next week solid.

But I do want to talk a second and reflect. I have several reasons why.

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Because reflection is good practice for processing big news. This isn't just big news. It's historic. It's devastating and uplifting. It has game-changing national and global implications. It has affected me in a strong way as a United States citizen, a Christian, and a person. I'm sure some of you have had similar feelings. I feel conflicted between celebrating a major milestone in accomplishing a mission to make our lives safer and still feel troubled and even sad that it took killing a man. Everyone's going to have differing opinions, even strong and emotional ones, so taking a step back and reflecting is hugely important.

Because it is our history being written right now. This event will go down alongside those other major moments: Where were you when the Twin Towers were hit? When George W. Bush declared wars in the Middle East? When America elected it's first black President? When Osama bin Laden was killed and America felt justice? It's like our modern-day Hitler. A man espousing hatred and mass murder has been stopped. It's a big moment in history and we'll remember it for years to come.

Because someday someone might look back on this blog and read a snapshot of that time in history. Maybe not many people, but at least kids or grandkids or future descendants will want to look back and read how I responded to some big moments in history. It's something for everyone to think about. How will your kids react looking back over your Twitter feeds or Facebook photo albums? Assuming you are brave enough and don't try to destroy the evidence, it could be really great to have a permanent, electronic record of your life. So I'll try to keep that in mind from time to time while writing for Follow Eric. I think it'll be interesting to go back and read through all of the previous posts while munching on chocolate pudding in the nursing home someday.

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I would keep going but I promised to keep this concise and so maybe it'll allow for some of your thoughts here. What do you think?

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