I must say that LJ has been an interesting place over the last 24 hours with all of the different viewpoints about Falwell's death being bantered about. In all it's a good thing. We all have opinions and different viewpoints that should be shared. But therein lies the rub. Falwell had a viewpoint and he spewed his message over the airwaves. He also had thousands of believers and followers with similar viewpoints. Should he have been silenced because his viewpoints were vile and hateful to many people? Ah! It's slippery slope time! His viewpoints were just as valid as those who would like elementary schools to have kids read "Heather Has 2 Mommies" or that believe veganism is the only way humans should live. To me it is more important to hear all viewpoints as opposed to silencing one we don't particularly like. I firmly believe in the freedoms laid out in the Constitution. Speech and thought should be preserved above all else. That's why I secretly love the ACLU. They support ALL rights, not just the ones that are popular or believed by the majority.
There has also been a good deal said about hate. Should we hate someone? Are we bad because we hate a hater? The pro-Falwell people are mad that the anti-Falwell folks are celebrating his death. Would those same pro-Falwell folks be celebrating if we hear that either Osama or Obama had been found dead? I have to disagree that all people are equal. There are good people and there are bad people. Our world should strive to achieve universal peace and understanding (boy do I sound like a flower child). Is Bin Laden worse than Bush? If we saw Hitler and Anne Frank together about to be killed would we save both of them because they are both humans? Are words of hatred equal to acts of hatred? Is it simply human nature that we hate?
I try to be a good person and I try to live a life free of hatred and negativity, but it seems to always be there under the surface. It may live there in a benign form, but it's there nonetheless. I hate the haters. I wish ill upon those that bring pain and suffering to others. In hating, am I no better? Once again, are thoughts of hatred as bad as acts of hatred? Or do they simply reduce the ability to do good. Bah. I'm going to meditate on my navel and contemplate the lint found therein.