During the short space of a weekend, the world has experienced two hugely contrasting events both of which have supposedly made many people ecstatic. On Friday, April 29, billions witnessed the wedding of two young people–Prince William and Kate Middleton. In the pomp and ceremony, there was clearly much about which one should and could be joyful. Overnight, on May 1, the US President announced that Special Forces had killed Osama bin Laden (the leader of Al Qaeda), in Pakistan. “Justice has been done,” President Obama announced. That event also sparked jubilation in many places, not least at the site in New York City now known as Ground Zero–the site that marks the devastating attacks by Al Qaeda on September 11, 2001.
Our emotions are strange and often conflicted. Joy and pain are often not that far apart.