Serious question: Is it ever prosperous to kill someone? And would you kill a tyrant or terrorist to liberate a people?
This all began with the great discussion on yesterday’s post on being rational or reactive. It turned into an even better lesson for me today, when I heard the news about the death of Colonel Gaddafi. After I heard the news, I tweeted a snarky comment about Castro being next.
It got a big response with a lot of re-tweets, going viral and a number of people marking it as a favorite. But several followers chastised me, saying that it wasn’t very prosperous.
Guilty as charged.
I was being reactive. Having lived so closely with Cubans for so long, the repression the Castro brothers have inflicted on the Cuban people tears a hole in my heart. Even today, many drown on makeshift rafts in a desperate bid for freedom and human dignity.
I remember the frustration and rage I felt back in the 80’s trying to help people smuggle medicine, basic necessities, and even small Christmas gifts for the kids there. I wondered often why no one on the island put a bullet into Castro’s head, and vowed I would do it if I had the chance.
Fast forward to today, and my current consciousness as a prosperity teacher…
I pray for peace every day. Believe in the power of love. Preach the power of forgiveness. But if I were alone in a room with the Castro brothers, would I take the chance to kill them to liberate the Cuban people?
I don’t know. I’d like to think I would rise above my base reactions and work from a higher consciousness. But if the death of one person could liberate millions of others from evil and tyranny, could the prosperous thing be to kill them, if other political options weren’t working?
I’d love to give you the pat prosperity answer; what the right thing to do would be. But I don’t know what I would do.
I once had a man holding a gun on me. I opted for peace and reason. That choice brought me a bullet and coming within a sliver from death.
I forgave that man. But if I face the situation again, I will kill the person to defend myself, and not chance another miraculous survival.
I think we all agree that it is ethically and morally right to defend yourself with deadly force if you or your loved ones are threatened. Now extend that logic out to a people or a country. Facing a terrorist like bin Laden or a tyrant like Gaddafi or Castro.
Forget the politics and morality of nations. Where does prosperity consciousness apply to individuals?
So let’s go back to the questions we started with...
Is it ever prosperous to kill someone? And would you kill a tyrant or terrorist to liberate a people?