A poignant tweet by murdered journalist Kenji Goto on the virtue of being calm was spreading rapidly on social media Tuesday, days after he was apparently beheaded by Islamist militants.
“Close your eyes and remain patient. It’s over once you get angry or yell. It is almost like praying. Hating is not the role of humans; judgement is God’s domain,” Goto’s four-year-old tweet read.
“It was my Arab brothers who taught me this,” he tweeted in Japanese on September 7, 2010.
By Tuesday morning the message had been retweeted more than 25,000 times in Japanese, with English versions also widely circulated.
Goto’s brutal execution by ISIS militants has provoked an outpouring of emotion in Japan, a country that previously considered itself far-removed from the violence that afflicts western nations facing off against Muslim militants.
In a statement on Sunday, his mother cautioned against this emotion becoming destructive.
“I believe this sorrow must not create a chain of hatred,” said Junko Ishido.
Goto’s killing was announced in a video posted late Saturday by ISIS militants and came a week after his friend and fellow captive Haruna Yukawa was beheaded… see more