I know we are supposed to write about either the podcast or culture jamming, but I kinda want to take my time to write about something that truly surprised me this instant.
As many of you might have heard (if not you will now know) Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, passed away this afternoon. There are many mixed feelings out there about this situation; however, I’ve seen mostly joy. I have many friends that are from Venezuela and/or live there, and most of them despised this man. I honestly don’t blame them, I was not very fond of him either. What surprised me was how much celebration there is on the media (meaning Facebook, Twitter, etc) regarding his death.
I honestly don’t believe it is fair for someone to celebrate anyone’s death, no matter who that person is. Yes, I know that this country will probably do much better without this man in power (at least I hope) but I am in no position to be joyful about another human being dying.
This is not the first time this occurs, it happened a few years ago when Osama Bin Laden was killed. The social media exploded with celebratory comments about the incident. I know that this man directed one of the most tragic events in the history of America. Yet, there was probably people out there who actually grieved this man’s death (as there are other who grieve for Chavez).
What I’m trying to say is that there are bad people out there. People many of us believe should not be allowed to reside on the face of this planet. But there are also people out there who actually love those ‘bad people’ and grieve their deaths. We are never in position to celebrate the death of another person, no matter whether they deserve it or not.