Letter from Paris – You will not have my hatred


Shared from “Kurt Nemes’ Classical Music Almanac”

Kurt Nemes' Classical Music Almanac

A friend of mine in Paris sent this to me yesterday.  It’s already an internet meme, but I find it really powerful.

You will not have my hatred.
Friday night you took the life an exceptional person, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hatred. I don’t know who you are, and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls. If this God for whom you kill blindly made us in his own image, each bullet in my wife’s body, is a wound in his heart. Therefore, no I won’t give you this present of hating you. You have really tried, but to respond to hate with anger would be to give in to the same ignorance which made you who you are. You want me to be afraid, to view my fellow citizens with suspicion, that I give up…

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