Creators and Destroyers

 

"Americans seek life, we embrace death. That is the difference between us." - Osama Bin-Laden

The editors welcome the arrival of Adam Pearl. As he will soon discover it is a strange world filled with miraculous and wonderful things. He will also begin to hear the whispers about his father - a man he will never meet because some people - who know only the Darkness and Death - ignored the pleas from the rest of us and silenced him forever.

Or so they thought - for he is his father's last words: his last story that needed to be filed and deadline to meet.

Daniel Pearl was a good man who died doing what he loved and believed was good. He was a Creator: he helped create Adam for example. He also created many stories that exposed Truths and all too often, lies. It was his quest for the former that lead him to his demise at the hands of what can only be called "Destroyers".

There are Destroyers among us - those who seek to destroy whatever we build. We create skyscrapers that caress the clouds, and they destroy them. We build peace between nations, and they destroy it. We nurture understanding between faiths - and they destroy it. And even in the ashes of despair we create hope - and they seek to destroy that as well.

They blow up children instead of educating and loving them. They kill and maim instead of healing and comforting. They speak hatred and lies instead of Love and Truth. They reap what other's sow then burn the fields and plow salt into the land. They hide in darkness and pray to a disfigured god - twisted by their own ideas and horrific visions into something debased and foul.

Why do they do this one may wonder? No one knows. Perhaps it is because it is harder to create a life than to take it; it is much harder to negotiate a peace then to declare war; it is easier to send a skyscraper tumbling to the earth than build one to touch the sky. And in the end, their efforts are futile for one can never truly destroy anything. Sure they may take a man's life, but like a tree that sprouts shoots from its stump, his dreams live on. They may send a building tumbling to earth, but it is not long before the efforts to rebuild begin. They may cause a war, but eventually the dust settles and peace covers the battlefield.

Destruction is futile and ephemeral. Creation is eternal. This is a Truth that the Destroyers cannot realize for if they did they would know their own madness and stop. It is something that Science has glimpsed when it discovers that energy can neither be created nor destroyed - only changed. Creation is energy: Life is energy. Within every destructive act their are the seeds of creation - and that is something that the Destroyers can never destroy.

Someday Adam will know this and see it in his father's life - but that is a long time away. For now he is warm and safe within his mother's arms, and a world of creation surrounds him and protects him. Those who embrace Life are happy that he is here.

 

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