Being a gigantic nerd, I was playing Minecraft with some friends of mine when a good friend of mine texted me and told me to watch the news. I nearly shit myself when he told me what was so damn important that I had to turn away from hacking away at stone with my diamond pick.
The machinations of this man shaped my generation. The world we will soon inherit is very different than it once was. Two wars were launched in the name of 9/11, some people’s liberties were violated, and we even tortured people over it. Bin Laden, at once, showed us how horrifying the dark side of humanity can be. He made us look at ourselves for what we are. Even though his life brought out the worst in humanity, perhaps his death has done the opposite.
Justice is important. Aristotle understood it as “rendering unto each that which each is due.” Crudely interpreted, that means that everyone should get what they deserve. I cannot judge whether or not he deserved to die. I’m a human, and I don’t believe that I have the right to determine another man’s end. Fortunately, I have the luxury of leaving that decision up to others.
Bin Laden dead is not going to change much. The war on terror will not stop; humans will still be killing other humans in the name of God, Country, or Principle; and the world will go on being its usual horrifying self.