December 12, 2010

A Moment of What Wasn't - Stockholm 2010

(NY Daily News Photo)
This week, a car exploded in downtown Stockholm. The location is near the hotel where I stayed last August.

It's quite strange to hear news like this. Makes me wonder about fate and destiny and near misses ... Today, I was planning to write a post about my first step into Palestine. Or more accurately, my first attempt to enter Palestine from Israel.

However, with this news, I think I'll put that off for a bit.

In the end, violence of this sort, which strikes a nerve as easily as it strikes a location I once walked, reminds me of 2 truths.

1. I've roamed many places where conflict seemed to follow me around. I once thought that was a unique aspect of my life. But over the past 10 years, I realize that anyone who travels comes in contact with a "ground zero", in one way or another.

2. There will always be someone who thinks death is the only option to be heard. Unfortunately, that death is not their suicide but the murder of someone else.

From what I've read, only one person died in Stockholm due to the explosion. What does that say about us, when this news is greeted with relief, not sorrow.