Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Treat Terrorism Like Cancer

I believe that the work of living in this busted world is to keep the balance of good and evil tilted toward good as much as humanly possible. There will always be evil on this earth. We will never rid the world of terrorists, thugs, and thieves.  So we must do what we can to protect ourselves and the people and things we care about as we move through our days.

Similarly, people who have cancer understand that they will always have cancer. Oncologists say the trick is not to eradicate the cancer, because doing that is too hard on the rest of the body. Instead, one must keep the cancer in check, so one can focus on other things. 

Sentient beings seek pleasure and avoid pain. The key to happiness in life is finding balance, and in managing the conflict that arises when different beings have different ideas of pleasure and pain, of good and evil. One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter.

Terrorism and tyranny must be opposed, or our National values are meaningless. In our quest for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we do not want to merely survive. We want to attain stability, success, and--if we are very fortunate--true and lasting significance. We want the same for others.

ObL was a cancerous tumor in the body of our world. Removing the tumor is a good thing, but is the body now suddenly whole and healthy? No. We need to continually check for cancer markers and do everything we can to prevent metastatic cancer cells in the body from taking root and forming new colonies and tumors. 

Life is good. The cancer of terrorism will not go away but perhaps it can be managed. God bless those willing to oppose terrorism and tyranny around the world, so that people may live in peace with freedom, dignity, and respect.