The death of Bid Laden this past Sunday rocked Ohio State’s campus, and my own personal world. The discussions of what happens next, the proper feelings you should experience, and if we are safer than before are debated in our campus newspapers, online and in class. To me, it seems like that the world is at a very interesting crossroads, and our thoughts should be about the future.
I learned about the death of Bin Laden through traditional media, but actually heard the president would address the United States through Twitter. After some quick research (thanks internet) I learned the address did not involve Libya, but was still about national defense.
My stomach was in knots and focusing on studying for m 8:30 a.m. midterm seemed almost laughable. I couldn’t help by worry this address would bring bad news and gloom to a rainy Sunday. Soon the tickers on FOX, CNN and MSNBC broke the news about Bid Laden, and President Obama confirmed it around 11:40 p.m. Before the president concluded his speech and walked back down the hall campus became alive. My neighbors shot of fireworks and other jubilant students went down to Mirror Lake to celebrate the death of this terrorist. I heard stories of people drinking till 4 a.m., but I was content to watch the news, cheer with my roomies and think about all the military men and women who continue to fight for our freedom.
Now the internal conflicts begin. Are we happy? Sad? Happy and sad? Respectfully happy but remember that a human being was killed? More concerned about the future of the United States and the safety of Americans in the coming months? Sad because the war is not over? I know some of our brave men fighting overseas personally, one especially is very close to my heart and will continue to be so for my entire life, and I can’t help but think of them first. They are the ones fighting and dedicating their lives for our freedom…what do they think?
I don’t want to feel joy over the death of another person, but I am struggling to feel sad. I think there is a correct mixture of emotions for this situation, and I am slowly reaching the point. Currently, I am happy a monster who terrorized the world is no longer a threat. But, I know threats still remain and revenge will never produce a happy winner.
I feel that I grew up only knowing a world fighting terror; I don’t really remember flying without hearing a threat level, I don’t remember a time when we weren’t at war and I don’t ever remember a time when there was simply world peace. While that may never EVER occur during my lifetime or the life or my future generations, it is what I wish for the world. It seems so often we immediately reach for anger or hate when encountering another religion or personal difference, and that is what makes me sad. For all the good in the world and the incredible differences between countries that should allow us to grow and educate ourselves, we still cannot be accepting.
Now, I think that is a scary thing.
I hope in my lifetime I can help add some happiness to this world, or at least help others see how much joy there is already.